Rush Donate Guitar To Charity Auction

A signed 2011 Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar will be donated by Rush members to a charity auction to benefit the Toronto-based Geneva Centre for Autism.

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A 2011 Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar signed by the members of Rush will be donated by the legendary Canadian rockers to a charity auction to benefit the Toronto-based Geneva Centre for Autism. The guitar will be sold as part of an online silent auction leading up to the Centre's annual art and auction gala on May 17th.

The guitar was signed by Rush members Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart during Rush's visit to Hamilton, Ontario on April 19th as part of their ongoing tour.

Bids for the guitar, which includes a case and certificate of authenticity, will be accepted online at the following link until 3:30 PM EST on May 16th. As of this writing, the current high bid is $2,112.

Rush is currently on tour in Europe, where they will spend the month of May before returning to North America in June. No concert dates have been scheduled beyond July 2nd, when the band will play in Seattle to wrap up the US leg of their current tour.

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    GrungeHippie26
    i like reading posts like this one, where musicians help out others, unlike that testament post where they complaining about illegal downloads. Its nice to know some people actually care about the fans.
    WeaponizedWisdm
    strat0blaster wrote: If they really wanted to help a damned charity, they'd reach into their fat wallets and donate more than a couple thousand dollars. They're not helping, they're selling their used stuff and taking the money given to them for a cause. That's like chopping a green pepper and then giving it to a chef and suggesting that you made the meal. I like Rush, but things like this - any artist - are ridiculous and terrible. If you wanna help, help. If not, don't.
    This is "terrible?" You have a very screwed-up world view, man. They're not claiming to be curing autism with the money they are raising, they're just giving their fans a chance to own a cool and valuable guitar and helping out a nice charity organization in the process. Get down off your high horse.
    Jasonbts
    strat0blaster wrote: If they really wanted to help a damned charity, they'd reach into their fat wallets and donate more than a couple thousand dollars. They're not helping, they're selling their used stuff and taking the money given to them for a cause. That's like chopping a green pepper and then giving it to a chef and suggesting that you made the meal. I like Rush, but things like this - any artist - are ridiculous and terrible. If you wanna help, help. If not, don't.
    Ok so, last night by band played at 500 Songs for Kids in Atlanta. It's a 10 event where 500 different artists get together to play 500 different songs to raise money for the Songs for Kids foundation that brings music to kids that are in hospitals for various reasons. Should my band and the other 499 have just stayed home and sent a check?
    Jasonbts
    WeaponizedWisdm wrote: Whoever bid 2112 is a genius.
    The next guy has to top it with $21,120
    jthm_guitarist
    You guys flipping out over the $2112 are... well, I don't want to say dumb. If you had clicked the link, you would see that the starting bid is $700. And you can only bid in increments of $50. And the guitar is the ONLY item with a "current bid" And bidding doesn't start until May 16th. So I'm pretty sure no one really got the chance to bid $2112, whoever put it up wanted to make an incredibly obvious Rush reference.
    bendystraw
    strat0blaster wrote: If they really wanted to help a damned charity, they'd reach into their fat wallets and donate more than a couple thousand dollars. They're not helping, they're selling their used stuff and taking the money given to them for a cause. That's like chopping a green pepper and then giving it to a chef and suggesting that you made the meal. I like Rush, but things like this - any artist - are ridiculous and terrible. If you wanna help, help. If not, don't.
    Come now, they're selling a musical instrument worth lots of cash, and are pocketing nothing, the buyer gets a collectible axe, and a charity gets a small boatload of cash. I see nothing ridiculous or terrible here.
    MatthewLeisher
    strat0blaster wrote: If they really wanted to help a damned charity, they'd reach into their fat wallets and donate more than a couple thousand dollars. They're not helping, they're selling their used stuff and taking the money given to them for a cause. That's like chopping a green pepper and then giving it to a chef and suggesting that you made the meal. I like Rush, but things like this - any artist - are ridiculous and terrible. If you wanna help, help. If not, don't.
    It's a 2011 Gibson, I seriously doubt it's used. How is it ridiculous and terrible? A fan gets an AWESOME guitar, not to mention it's signed by all three of them, and their charity is going to get a bunch of money. Your whole analogy of the chef/green pepper thing is ridiculous. Anybody can go out and buy a green pepper, only Rush can autograph their names and give away an already expensive guitar which will then be auctioned. Also, any Rush fan who DIDN'T notice the bid was $2,112 is a failure.
    VannAleXX
    kratos379 wrote: Rush are one of the few bands that have kept their integrity for all these years. This is great of them to do. WeaponizedWisdm wrote: Whoever bid 2112 is a genius. +1
    It's a quote inside a quote inside a quote! INCEPTION QUOTE. +2
    oPINionHEAD
    Rush is easily one of the greatest bands of all time! Besides being musical prodigies, they are just great guys. You can tell that they just want to rock; They're not in it for the cash. I will always love Rush with all of my heart! 2112!!
    j-e-f-f-e-r-s
    strat0blaster wrote: If they really wanted to help a damned charity, they'd reach into their fat wallets and donate more than a couple thousand dollars. They're not helping, they're selling their used stuff and taking the money given to them for a cause. That's like chopping a green pepper and then giving it to a chef and suggesting that you made the meal. I like Rush, but things like this - any artist - are ridiculous and terrible. If you wanna help, help. If not, don't.
    Rush have a history spanning decades of helping out various charities and good causes. When Hughes & Kettner released the Alex Lifeson Signature Tri-Amp, $50 from every sale went to UNICEF. They donated $100,000 to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, and continue to do so. They were involved in the Grapes For Humanity charity initiative, launching their own charity auction with help from other bands such as Depeche Mode, Tool, Judas Priest and Pearl Jam. Have you dedicated hundreds of thousands of your own dollars to philanthropic causes? If not, then shut the **** up, as Rush have done far more than you ever have.
    Hail
    strat0blaster wrote: If they really wanted to help a damned charity, they'd reach into their fat wallets and donate more than a couple thousand dollars. They're not helping, they're selling their used stuff and taking the money given to them for a cause. That's like chopping a green pepper and then giving it to a chef and suggesting that you made the meal. I like Rush, but things like this - any artist - are ridiculous and terrible. If you wanna help, help. If not, don't.
    I don't think you realize that musicians, even as established as Rush, really don't make nearly as much money as it looks. They're mostly covered by recognition/label support. It's not Metallica we're talking about here.
    Zeppelin Addict
    strat0blaster wrote: If they really wanted to help a damned charity, they'd reach into their fat wallets and donate more than a couple thousand dollars. They're not helping, they're selling their used stuff and taking the money given to them for a cause. That's like chopping a green pepper and then giving it to a chef and suggesting that you made the meal. I like Rush, but things like this - any artist - are ridiculous and terrible. If you wanna help, help. If not, don't.
    The highest bid will top more than a couple thousand dollars. it isnt old used 'hand me down gear' like you suggest, rather a brand new 2011 LP. id be down for something that WAS used by them.. it is more help than your average person does and will ever do. prove me wrong strat, match the highest bid for this guitar. it is great they are willing to do this kind of thing for charity, they continuously do this kind of thing and they always have, probably always will. i dont care if you like the band or not, have some respect for people trying to do good. oh and +1 for pointing out the 2112 bid thats awesome!
    strat0blaster
    If they really wanted to help a damned charity, they'd reach into their fat wallets and donate more than a couple thousand dollars. They're not helping, they're selling their used stuff and taking the money given to them for a cause. That's like chopping a green pepper and then giving it to a chef and suggesting that you made the meal. I like Rush, but things like this - any artist - are ridiculous and terrible. If you wanna help, help. If not, don't.
    johnyguitar
    Saw them at the old Century Theatre in Buffalo back in '74. I was just a kid and so were they....
    CydoniaKnight95
    The Earth Gods wrote: A Guitar? Come on Rush you could do better then that lol
    It's actually quite good... The bid's going to go a lot higher than 2,112 and it'll probably end up being a pretty sizable donation
    lifetaker1000
    Widow6 wrote: WeaponizedWisdm wrote: Whoever bid 2112 is a genius. this this +1 this This.
    mark3777
    kratos379 wrote: Rush are one of the few bands that have kept their integrity for all these years. This is great of them to do. WeaponizedWisdm wrote: Whoever bid 2112 is a genius. +1
    +1 awesome
    kratos379
    Rush are one of the few bands that have kept their integrity for all these years. This is great of them to do.
    WeaponizedWisdm wrote: Whoever bid 2112 is a genius.
    +1
    Joe-Floyd-lover
    WeaponizedWisdm wrote: Whoever bid 2112 is a genius.
    you are win... Anyways, I also enjoy bands Helping people out, like Ringo did with that Terminally Ill Kid... Rush has always been a great band, on and off the stage!
    RadioMuse
    WeaponizedWisdm wrote: Whoever bid 2112 is a genius.
    QFT! Also I misread the title of the article as "Rush Detonate Guitar for Charity" and then had pictures of a beautiful Alex Lifeson signature LP exploding... which was SWEET. XD
    PaisleyWilde
    WeaponizedWisdm wrote: Whoever bid 2112 is a genius.
    hahahahahaha. For noticing that, you are a genius.
    LordErtai
    wow they could have at least used one of alex guitar or his new guitar, even though the price would have been alot more. but hey at least its white. figuring they didnt want to isolate alex out of the group, instead they just went for a general rock guitar so the other could feel more included.