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Minnesota based pro audio manufacturer Electro-Voice is boosting the fundraising success of its "Musicians for Minneapolis: 57 Songs for the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort" CD release with a celebrity guitar auction on Ebay, running April 29th - May 9th. Guitars from legendary artists including Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, and Dick Dale are available.

This auction is being held to raise money for the families of those who were either wounded or lost their lives on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 1st, 2007. Listing details below. All proceeds from the sale of these instruments will be donated to Minnesota Helps: Bridge Disaster Fund™.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on August 1st, 2007 — during the height of rush hour — the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis collapsed. Media coverage was almost instantaneous and Minneapolis became the nation's focus.

Help was immediate and came in many forms: the selflessness of victims helping victims; the courageous police, fire, and rescue teams; emergency blood donors; and funds from private citizens and corporations around the world.

Like countless others, Electro-Voice also wanted to help in hands-on way. As a Minnesota-based professional audio equipment manufacturer with a large global parent company (Bosch) that has made social responsibility one of its core values for over 120 years, EV sought to help its neighbors by doing more than just writing a check.

The very next morning EV began receiving e-mails and phone calls from various partners and friends in the music industry. They wanted to know how they could help. A benefit album, a celebrity memorabilia auction, and a benefit concert were planned, whereby all proceeds would be donated to Minnesota Helps: Bridge Disaster Fund™. Autographed guitars began showing up at EV's door from the likes of Megadeth, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Dick Dale, and others. Likewise, some of the most recognized names in the music industry began sending songs for use on the benefit album. Fast forward two months and EV had amassed enough material to fill 3 CDs — a total of 57 songs — nearly 4 hours of music!

Sales of the CD continue to grow, and now the celebrity guitar auction — including instruments from artists on the benefit CD is set to add more valuable funds to this worthy cause. Please check out the Ebay auctions and good luck bidding.

For more info go to: http://www.electrovoice.com/musiciansforminneapolis/


  • (2) Autographed Les Paul guitars from Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society guitar phenom ZAKK WYLDE
  • (1) Dean bass signed by all members of MEGADETH
  • (1) Custom Minarik DICK DALE flame guitar, autographed by the Guitar Legend himself, serial #45
  • (1) Ibanez RE350DX guitar signed by guitar virtuoso STEVE VAI
  • (1) Schecter guitar signed by the members of MINISTRY
  • (1) Les Paul guitar autographed by the members of Twisted Sister
  • (1) Washburn guitar signed by Nick Catanese of Black Label Society/SPEED X
  • (1) EV Raven microphone autographed by the members of FISHBONE
  • (1) EV N/D967 microphone autographed by the members of STATIC-X
  • (1) EV N/D767a microphone autographed by the members of STATIC-X
  • (1) EV N/D767a microphone autographed by Herman Li of DRAGONFORCE

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