U2 raising money to replace instruments lost in schools affected by hurricanes

Last Thursday, superstar rocker Bono called in to to the “Karson and Kennedy” radio station on Mix 104.1 in Boston to talk about the new U2 single “You’re the Best Thing About Me.” While on the air, the hosts asked Bono if the band was planning any Hurricane Harvey relief efforts for Houston (the show was taped before Hurricane Irma hit Florida and the Caribbean.)

The Edge and Bono of U2 perform in Houston in May 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman.

Bono told the radio hosts that his guitarist David Howell Evans, better known as the Edge, “has been in discussions” about how to deploy his Music Rising initiative to help replace the instruments of Houston musicians.

The Edge first created Music Rising in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Bono described the program as “a really clever way of getting the musicians of the area some instruments so they could continue to live.”

“We have private ways that we will respond, but publicly, that’s what we’re doing,” Bono told the radio show.

The Music Rising website says the nonprofit is “raising money to help replace the instruments lost in schools affected by the recent catastrophic hurricanes.” The site is accepting donation through their partner, the Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation and they say 100% of all donations go into their efforts.

 


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