The Edge Leads Gibson Guitar's Music Rising
Limited guitars are being sold in aid of musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina...
U2 guitarist The Edge has thrown his weight behind Gibson Guitar's campaign to help New Orleans musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina.
With creative input and endorsement from The Edge, Gibson Guitar has created 300 limited edition Les Paul guitars, in the colours of the New Orleans Mardi Gras, all of which are being sold with proceeds going to the Music Rising campaign that will provide instruments for musicians hit by the tragedy.
A minimum pledge of $1million to Music Rising has been assured.
"New Orleans is a crucible for great music, said the U2 axe man. The idea that it would be just a place of history for music is awful to me.
"Coming from Dublin in the Seventies, when music was something you had to search out, I'd never dreamt that somewhere like New Orleans could exist. Music was coming out of the walls. It seemed not just a form of escapism, but like it was weaved into everybody's life."
Others supporting the Music Rising campaign are MTV, VH1, Rolling Stonemagazine and Ticketmaster.
Click on the link on the right to watch a clip of The Edge talking more about the campaign and New Orleans.