Icons of Music Auction II

Music lovers looking for some great memorabilia should waste no time in getting to the Hard Rock Café in Times Square, NYC, where they can view all 200 of the items that have been put up for public auction as part of the second annual Icons of Music Auction. The actual auction will be taking place on 31 May 2008 and buyers are promised a fabulous selection of items.

The Icons of Music Auction was started just one year ago as part of efforts to raise funds to assist musicians who lost their livelihood, and have since been struggling to regain it, since the devastating Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast Region. Among those affected by this disaster were four-time Grammy Award winner Aaron Neville. Neville has joined the campaign and not only brings his personal experiences with him to the event, but will be performing during the evening session. The auction is part of efforts by the Music Rising campaign to provide instruments for those who were hardest hit by the devastation unleashed on the Gulf Coast. The campaign was co-founded by U2 band member the Edge, Bob Ezrin and CEO of the Gibson Guitar Chairman Henry Juszkiewicz in 2005. The charity has already received numerous rewards for its efforts. So far the campaign has proved to be hugely successful with some 2,700 professional musicians having been helped. Some 50,000 parishioners and students have also received assistance through this campaign.

This year’s Icons of Music Auction marks the second such event since the campaign was started. The auction is hosted by Julien’s Auctions and offers fans and collectors a significant collection of music memorabilia. Most of the memorabilia are donated by the greatest legends of music and the proceeds from the auction go towards the Music Rising campaign. This year fans can expect to see the 1976 Gibson Explorer Guitar used by the Edge, as well as a number of other items used by this musician during the course of his career. Also on auction are a bass guitar played by Kurt Cobain, a handwritten poem by Jim Morrison, a trumpet played on stage by Miles Davis and a receipt signed by Jimi Hendrix. There are many more fabulous items on auction and interested persons can view the whole lot on the Julien’s Auctions website or simply head down to the Hard Rock Café for the auction.