29th Mar, 2007

Bono’s Gretsch Irish Falcon: OK, So maybe $4000.00 doesn’t seem so bad for the production model…


So considering that they expect to get between $80,000.00 & $100,000.00 for Bono’s signed Gretsch Irish Falcon guitar when it goes up for auction in about a month, i think i am going down to the music store today & buying a production model. The fact that Bono was knighted today, means it can only go up in value, but that is not why I would buy this guitar. The saying on the pick guard says it all, “The Goal Is Soul”. But you know, while I am at it, I think I am going to grab one of these too!

I also loved this typical Bono quote to an AP reporter after he was crowned a “Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” today, “You have permission to call me anything you want — except sir, all right? Lord of lords, your demigodness, that’ll do.”
I know that most don’t consider U2 a Jam Band, & that is probably true….still I love them & cant wait for the next album & tour, so be prepared to read more about them here. In the meantime, I think it is really cool that they are actually willing to part with some really personal, significant & meaningful items. There are lots of other cool U2 things up for auction & not all of them are so crazy expensive. The other really significant item that is being sold is The Edge’s stage & studio played, awesome 1975 Cream Gibson Les Paul Guitar.

U2 The Edge

The Edge is hoping to raise another $60,000.00 to $80,000.00 with his “favorite guitar”, with proceeds from all items going to benefit “The Music Rising Organization“, a charity he co-founded to replace instruments lost or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the US. “I wanted to give something really significant,” the U2 guitarist told the Associated Press news agency. IMHO, Pretty cool of him & New Orleans can use all the help it can get. Regardless, there are other really cool items from Lou Reed, Eddy Vedder and plenty of others too. Thanks to U2Log for bringing this cool charity auction to my attention!

While I am on the U2 kick tonight, I should also mention that for you technically savvy digi-music geeks & U2 heads out there, there are currently plenty of good complete U2 live shows, available as lossless audio downloads over at DIME & at The Trader’s Den. Check it!


I noticed you have Yell Fire on your links over there. What an awesome album, I hadn’t really paid much attention to MF and Spearheaed lately, but I am on a huge kick. Not so sure about the “I like my bass loudy” line though. That kinda drives me nutz.

I have been on a huge Spearhead kick, since Langerado. Was kind of bummed that they didn’t make it to NYC during this last legs of the tour. Probably will not be back to the east coast until summertime. Anyway, I hear you about the “I like my bass loudy” lyric, he has a tinge of corniness about him from time to time, but i dig it. It used to be an ongoing joke with the Phish heads who post at phantasytour.com to count how many times Michael Franti asks :”How’s everybody feeling?”, as he seemed to do it as least once per song. These days it has been replaced with “I wanna see you jumpin'”…but that is just cool with me. I freaking love this band, they make me feel good inside, even if i don’t always agree with all of Michael Franti’s politics. Spearhead is certainly on top of their game right now. Yell Fire! is a great CD. POWER TO THE PEACEFUL !

The Auction was yesterday. Here is the link to the story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/22/music.auction.reut/index.html

I was out bid on The Edge’s guitar which brought in 200K plus…

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