ABC/Randy HolmesU2 guitarist The Edge will be honored with the second annual Les Paul Spirit Award on June 9 when the Irish rockers make their first-ever appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.
The award is presented by the Les Paul Foundation to an artist who exemplifies the spirit of the late electric-guitar and audio pioneer through music, technology, engineering and innovation.
In conjunction with the honor, the Les Paul Foundation and Bonnaroo Works Fund will make a grant in The Edge’s name to a charity chosen by the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer that reflects the foundation’s mission.
The guitarist will receive the award at an intimate, invitation-only event organized by Bonnaroo Works Fund called “Bonnaroo Eats & Greets” on June 9, which would have been Paul’s 102nd birthday. U2’s headlining performance will take place at 11 p.m. that same evening on the Bonnaroo fest’s “What Stage.”
“I cannot think of anyone more fitting to be honored this year with the annual Les Paul Spirit Award than The Edge,” says Les Paul Foundation executive Michael Braunstein. “Not only is he an extraordinary talent who has given us an incredible array of amazing music but he is also an innovator who understands that sound, technologies, and a personal creative spirit play a role in creating music that cannot be forgotten.”
Founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir received the first annual Les Paul Spirit Award.
The 2017 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival runs from June 8 to June 11. Visit Bonnaroo.com for more details.
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