The 40th anniversary of the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London on Friday (July 3) will see the auctioning of a Gibson Les Paul Music Rising Guitar signed by all four members of U2, among other historic and desirable items donated by the band. Their sale will raise funds for the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. The awards have raised more than £8.5 million towards funding the charity’s work in helping vulnerable and isolated people across the UK.
The full auction lot is a mouthwatering prospect for any U2 devotee. It consists of the guitar, which has been played by The Edge during the band’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour (with photographic verification of the date and song during which it was played); a vinyl copy of ‘The Joshua Tree’ signed by all four band members and a framed gold disc of the same album; four VIP tickets to one of U2’s shows in October and November at the London O2 Arena; and a personal tour of the stage at the show, given by The Edge, who will present the guitar to the winner.
Bono and U2 are old friends of the O2 Silver Clef Awards. Bono attended the event last year to present Pharrell Williams with the International Award, and U2 were themselves given Silver Clef Awards in 1993 and 2005.
Ten artists will be honoured at Friday’s awards. They are Iron Maiden, Rita Ora, Mark Ronson, Duran Duran, Gladys Knight, James Bay, Primal Scream, Il Divo, Jake Bugg and Kasabian.
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