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The Edge To Receive Les Paul Spirit Award at Bonnaroo 2017


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The Les Paul Foundation, whose mission is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul through the generations has announced GRAMMY™ Award winning artist, U2’s The Edge to be honored with the second annual Les Paul Spirit Award at this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.  The award will be presented to The Edge on Friday, June 9th, 2017, the same day Les Paul would have turned 102 years old. In 2016, the Les Paul Spirit Award was presented to Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir.

The prestigious award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the late, great Les Paul through innovation, engineering, technology and/or music. In addition to the award, a grant from the Les Paul Foundation and Bonnaroo Works Fund will be made in The Edge’s name to the charity of his choice which aligns with the mission of the Les Paul Foundation. Like Les Paul, The Edge personifies a spirit of excellence through musicianship and industry recognition.

As a musician of uncommon versatility, The Edge’s unmistakable guitar sound is a cornerstone of U2’s sonic signature.  His distinctive personal and original style has made him one of the most respected and influential players in the history of rock music.   Like Les Paul, The Edge has always been focused on sound and innovation. In 2006, The Edge and Les Paul shared stories back stage in New York at a Music Icons event which benefited Music Rising, a charity Edge co-founded in 2005.  The Edge’s extraordinary techniques can be heard on “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “With or Without You,” “Beautiful Day” and many more of the classics from the U2 catalogue being aired on the band’s current The Joshua Tree 2017 stadium tour.  Rolling Stone Magazine named The Edge one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, the same list that bore Les Paul’s name as well.


The full story: https://www.lespaulfoundation.org/u2s-the-edge-to-receive-les-paul-spirit-award-at-bonnaroo-2017/

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