Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Edge Reflects On 10 Years Of Music Rising


The Edge Reflects on Charity’s Decade of Growth Into Disaster Relief Organization for Musical Communities Nationwide

10 years ago Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, leaving behind a trail of destruction that The Edge of U2 would soon witness firsthand during a visit to New Orleans’ hard hit 9th Ward. Moved by the devastation suffered by the local musical community, Edge teamed with legendary producer Bob Ezrin, Gibson Guitars, MusiCares and the Guitar Center Foundation to provide immediate aid to the musicians whose lives and livelihoods had sustained the most damage when the levees broke. In short order, efforts including donations of net proceeds from the sales of Gibson and Epiphone Music Rising special edition guitars and the providing of musical instruments to professionals whose gear was destroyed in the storm were implemented. In a PSA at the time, Edge explained the helplessness he would have felt in the face of such overwhelming loss as Music Rising replaced thousands of instruments in what would ultimately be the first phase of its still ongoing and continually expanding mission.

Reflecting on the 10-year journey of Music Rising, The Edge commented: Music is at the core of these communities. It’s an essential part of their identities, their hearts and their lives. So when these centers of musical culture are damaged, getting the music going again is a crucial part of the healing process.

With Music Rising, we and our partners continue to do everything in our power to help support this centuries old music culture so it can do its magic for many generations to come.

What started as a direct response to one of the worst disasters to affect a musical capital of the U.S. has grown over a decade to offer assistance to musicians far and wide. Where there is music, there is hope, and Music Rising will continue to do everything possible to restore both for another 10 years and beyond.

In the decade following the initial 2005 Katrina aftermath, Music Rising’s efforts have grown in scope. Additional programs in the Gulf Coast region have included the distribution of over $​5 million worth of instruments for some 30 schools (in conjunction with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation), as well as becoming the largest purchaser of ​Hammond organs in order to replace those destroyed by Katrina in regional houses of worship, and contributed $1 million to develop the Music Rising curriculum at Tulane University. Music Rising’s national outreach broadened as the organization provided aid to creative communities impacted by the 2010 Tennessee floods, as well as relief along with MusiCares and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Music Rising’s nationwide efforts are not limited to aid in the aftermath of natural disasters—its outreach continues in the very fortunate lull between these cataclysms: The organization recently reached out to Detroit, with efforts to aid the Motor City’s singular musical heritage including the distribution or hundreds of musical instruments to students. Elsewhere, Music Rising’s Music Icons auctions hosted by the world renowned Julien’s Auctions have raised millions in bids for items donated by Edge, U2 and friends. With support from friends and family including the Hard Rock International Corporation, Aaron Neville, Trombone Shorty and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day—who teamed with U2 for the historic 2006 performance that reopened the Superdome and welcomed the New Orleans Saints home—Edge, Ezrin and Music Rising’s efforts on behalf of musical communities in need promise to be just as tireless and far reaching for decades to come. 


Friday, August 28, 2015

Bono joins African stars in campaign to use music to empower women

Bono, second left, poses with African music stars after a press conference in Lagos, Nigeria, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.

African stars have joined rock star Bono in a campaign to use music to help empower women globally.

Bono and the top African male musicians D'banj, Diamond and Banky W announced Friday that they will be included in a remix of the song Strong Girl, a rallying cry for women's empowerment which features top African female talent.

U2 frontman Bono, whose ONE advocacy group is the creative force behind the campaign for women empowerment, said music can create awareness and help shift policies to empower women because politicians are driven by popular things.

Sipho Moyo, Africa executive director of ONE, said the campaign hopes to create structural and policy changes globally that will ensure women are empowered. The ultimate goal is to eradicate extreme poverty in 2030, Moyo says.


New Video for "Song for Someone"

‘Don’t let it go out…’ Illustrator and photographer Matt Mahurin directs this visual meditation on 'Song For Someone', from U2’s latest album Songs of Innocence.
The video was posted in U2's official Facebook page.
Reuniting U2's music and Mahurin's distinctive style - the two worked together on 1993's 'Love Is Blindness' - 'Song For Someone' is a visual meditation on one of the standout tracks from Songs Of Innocence. 
Rendered in a beautiful black and white palette and featuring a performance from Bono filmed earlier this year in Malibu, Mahurin's vision for 'Song For Someone' draws sharp parallels between song, inspiration and other forces of nature.
'Collaboration is a great part of the creative process,' said Matt, talking about working with the band again. 'And it has been a true joy to once again jump aboard the band's mission of music, mercy and mayhem.'
Mahurin's evocative take on 'Song For Someone' contrasts with Vincent Haycock's short film, starring Woody and Zoe Harrelson, which debuted July 9 on SundanceTV.

'Song For Someone' has been a highlight of the  iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour, which resumes September 4 in Turin, Italy.


Never surprised when U2 meets resistance…

'On the eve of the mammoth European leg of their Innocence + Experience tour, Q spends a week with the band in the US, enjoying rare access to their inner sanctum backstage for an honest, soul-searching cover story…'
The new edition of Q Magazine hits the streets .

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tony Hawk recruits U2 to customize skateboard

Professional skateboarder  Tony Hawk has partnered up with Ben Harper to create Boards + Bands, a fundraising initiative for Hawk’s eponymous foundation. Hawk hit up some of his skater buds, including Ryan Sheckler, Chad Ortiz and Nyjah Huston, to donate one of their boards and then pick one of their favorite songs. Harper then approached those musicians with one simple instruction: “Please write the lyrics to this skater’s favorite song on his skateboard, and we’ll use it to create more skateparks for kids.” Among the musicians participating in the collaboration are , U2, Pearl Jam, Of Mice & Men, Jay Z, Metallica,Tenacious D and more.

“We are thrilled about this year’s amazing collection of boards featuring unique collaborations between some of the biggest names in skateboarding and music, and we are grateful to all that made it possible,” says Hawk in a statement. “We have high hopes for this year’s auction as we continue to further the Foundation’s mission of bringing skateparks to low-income communities around the world.”

You can see all the custom boards as well as place a bid here

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Happy Birthday,The Edge!

The Best of days to the best guitar player in a rock band: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Edge (a.k.a. David  Howell Evans)!!!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

U2 grants rare long-form interview to podcasting duo

NEW YORK CITY - One of the world’s most powerful bands didn’t grant its latest long-form interview to MTV, Rolling Stone or Howard Stern — instead it sat down with a pair of comedians with microphones.

U2 is getting in on the podcast revolution.

The latest episode of “U Talkin’ U2 to Me?” — a U2-themed podcast co-hosted by actor Adam Scott and comedian Scott Aukerman — sees the show’s hosts chatting at length with the band in New York City. The episode premiered this morning and is now available free to download or stream at Earwolf.com.

“Putting two talented superfans like Scott and Adam together with their favorite band produced a truly unique conversation full of unforgettable insights,” said Chris Bannon, chief content officer of the Earwolf podcast network. “It was a lot of fun … I know U2 fans will be [thrilled].”

In the 60-minute interview, the bandmates talk about their plans for releasing a new album in 2016. Also in the show, singer Bono talks about requiring further surgeries to fix his hand after a bicycle accident in November.

Scott is perhaps best known for his long-running role on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” while Aukerman hosts IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and has won an Emmy Award for his work as a television producer. The duo has hosted “U Talkin’ U2 to Me?” since February 2014, producing 21 episodes in that time.

U2’s decision to sit down for a podcast interview continues a pattern of top-level celebrities and politicians giving their time to the burgeoning medium.