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U2 Edge during rehearsal before the MUSIC ARISING Pre Game concert at the Superdome arena in New Orleans.
Music Rising, the campaign launched to help bring the music back to the storm ravaged Gulf Coast Region announced an extraordinary pairing of two of the world’s greatest rock bands for a special show before ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on Monday, September 25, 2006. U2 and Green Day will make an unprecedented appearance together on stage to officially re-open the Louisiana Superdome and perform for the people of New Orleans on behalf of Music Rising.
This NFL football game is the first event to originate from the stadium since the Katrina devastation. It will be highlighted by a special live performance by U2 and Green Day The collaborative effort, of what is sure to be an electrifying performance will also officially launch Music Rising Phase II. This phase of the campaign will provide musical instruments to churches and schools. In an extraordinary show of support U2 and Green Day will debut “The Saints Are Coming,” a song originally written and performed in 1978 by The Skids, a seminal Scottish punk rock band. The song expresses frustration but ends with a statement of resolve and determination.
Music Rising was formed in late 2005 by U2’s The Edge, producer Bob Ezrin and Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. Since its inception it has been recognized throughout the world and has aided over 2,000 professional musicians. Many of the Gulf Region’s musicians who have depended on the local music industry for their livelihood have been supported by Music Rising through the replacement of lost or destroyed instruments and equipment. The Monday Night Football pre-game event marks the introduction of Music Rising Phase II, a segment of the campaign dedicated to helping churches and schools. Rebuilding the Gulf Region “Note by Note” has become a symbolic tagline of the Music Rising campaign.