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The Edge (born 8th August 1961)

David Howell Evans, otherwise known by his stage name The Edge/Edge is a British-born Irish musician, songwriter and singer best known for his position as lead guitarist of the rock band U2. Known globally as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, he has recorded thirteen studio albums with the band and one solo record. His use of effects, particularly delay, as well as his minimalistic playing is what creates Edge's signature chiming sound. 

Net Worth: Celebrity Net Worth has reported that the Edge has a net worth of approximately $200 million. 

Personal Life: David Howell Evans was born in Essex, UK. After David's father was offered a promotion in 1962, Edge's parents decided to leave Chadwell Health and the family moved to County Dublin, Ireland, when Edge was one year old. Edge attended St Andrew's National School where he received piano and guitar lessons. 

Musical career: Edge and his brother Dik Evans formed a band with future U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. after responding to an advertisement Larry put out for musicians. The band didn't emerge as U2 until 1978, just after Dik left the group. After performing in various venues throughout Ireland U2 released their debut album Boy in 1980. 

Evans nearly left the group in 1981 due to religious reasons but decided to stay. At this point he also played with a band called Shalom Tigers alongside bandmates Bono and Larry. The three decided to stay with U2. Edge married his high school girlfriend Aislinn O'Sullivan in 1983 and had three daughters together over a seven year period, before separating in 1990. The two got divorced in 1996 a year after it was legalised in Ireland. 1993 saw The Edge begin dating Morleigh Steinberg - employed by the band as a belly dancer during their Zoo TV Tour. The couple had two children together prior to their marriage in 2002. Despite being an environmentalist, The Edge has been criticised for trying to build five luxury mansions on a plot of land in Malibu, California. Following a $1 million donation from The Edge to the Santa Monica mountains Conservancy, the group decided to remain neutral on the issue. 

Life as a guitarist: Delay, Reverb and the clean sound of the Vox AC30 is what characterises the sound of Edge's guitar playing. The simplicity of some of Edge's most famous riffs devolve from his views that musical notes are 'expensive' and should be used only when needed. Edge's first guitar was an old acoustic bought at a local flea market for him and his brother when he was nine. The simplicity of Edge's playing technique contrasts vividly with the wide array of guitar effects he experiments with - his live setup is famously massive, with up to twenty-one different guitars being present backstage and a multitude of effects pedals kept beneath his feet and on the desk of his sound engineer. 

The Edge has also been the backing vocalist for U2 on several occasions. U2's well-known single 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' includes Edge singing the chorus with Bono harmonising at the end of each line. Edge's vocals often come in the form of a falsetto or repeated cry. Edge has also played piano and keyboard on several of the band's songs including 'I Fall Down', 'October', 'So Cruel', 'New Year's Day' and 'Running to Stand Still'. When performing the song '40' live, The Edge and bassist Adam Clayton switch instruments. The Edge has also recorded with artists such as B.B. King, Johnny Cash and Jay-Z. He worked alongside others on the score to the 1986 film Captive. He created the themes song for season one and two of The Batman, worked with Bono to write the James Bond film GoldenEye and a musical adaptation of Spider-Man. 

2005 saw The Edge, Bob Ezrin and Henry Juszkiewicz found the charity Music Rising - aiming at providing new instruments to replace those lost by musicians in the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. Originally the group focused only on professionals but later expanded to all musicians in need of assistance, such as those in schools and churches. They have helped over one hundred people since the start of their campaign. 



Biography by Contactmusic.com

The Edge Falls Off The Edge, Harry Loses His Style: The Five Funniest Falls Of 2015


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Losing ones footing and falling flat is pretty much the one thing you can guarantee you have in common with the biggest celebrities. It's funny when your pal does it, and it's funny when a star does it. The only difference is, they're reminded of it for the rest of the year.

Amy SchumerAmy Schumer's fake fall might've have been more talked about than Madonna's

There's been some pretty epic literal slip-ups from the celebrity world in the most public places you can think of this year; on stage and on the red carpet. Here's just a handful of the best ones:

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The Edge Wins Approval For Major Property Development In Malibu


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U2 guitar player The Edge has won approval to construct five massive hilltop mansions in Malibu, California, concluding a long-running dispute with nearby residents and environmentalists concerned about the impact on wildlife.

The musician, whose real name is David Howell Evans, bought the land in question back in 2005, and for the subsequent decade has been trying to gain approval from the California Coastal Commission to be able to build properties on the site, with the intention of living there.

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The Edge Wins Battle To Build New Complex Overlooking Malibu


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Officials at the California Coastal Commission have unanimously approved his project, which the guitarist first announced several years ago.

Environmental leaders and residents objected to his plans, insisting they would destroy the landscape and the look of Malibu, forcing the musician and his architects to make significant changes and to pay closer attention to wildlife habitats.

The Edge has also agreed to dedicate 140 acres of the property as open space with access to public hiking and equestrian trails, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

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U2 Perform Live In Concert

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The Edge Arriving At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

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U2 Flying Into Berlin-Schönefeld

The Edge - Members of the band U2 flying into Berlin-Schönefeld airport on a private jet. - Berlin, Germany - Wednesday 23rd September 2015

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'Security Breach' Causes U2 To Postpone Stockholm Show


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U2 were force to cancel Sunday night’s concert in Stockholm, Sweden, following a security breach at the show’s venue, The Globe. The band who are currently on the European leg of their ‘Innocence and Experience Tour’ have rescheduled the show for Tuesday, September 22nd.

u2U2 have had to postpone their gig at Stockholm’s The Globe.

A statement on the band’s official website reads, ‘Due to a security breach, Stockholm's The Globen evacuated the audience from the building this evening. As the breach has not been resolved quickly and as audience safety is paramount, the police have advised The Globen and Live Nation that they have no option but to postpone tonight's show, to a rescheduled date of Tuesday 22nd September.’

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Jimmy Fallon Needs More Surgery


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Jimmy Fallon needs more surgery on his injured hand.

The 'Tonight Show' host came close to having his finger amputated in June following a freak accident at the home he shares with wife Nancy Juvonen and their daughters Winnie, two, and nine-month-old Frannie, and he still hasn't made a full recovery.

He admitted: ''It's a bummer, but you can't get depressed.''

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The Edge Gives Away Daughter At Tuscan Wedding


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The guitarist wore his trademark beanie black hat and a three-piece suit as he proudly accompanied the model, who is in her thirties, before she tied the knot with her childhood sweetheart Jamie Hewitson in an outdoor ceremony in Tuscany.

Evans shared a picture of proud dad and daughter walking down the aisle on Instagram.com and wrote, "Last moments of being a single lady."

Hollie is the eldest of the rocker's five children. He has two other kids from his marriage to Hollie's mother Aislinn O'Sullivan, and a further two from his current marriage to dancer Morleigh Steinberg.

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Ono And Bono Unveil Tapestry In New York Honouring John Lennon


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A tribute to the late John Lennon was unveiled in New York on Wednesday, with a tapestry unveiled in a ceremony attended by a number of stars including Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono and U2 stars Bono and The Edge.

The cheeky artwork, which depicts Manhattan as a yellow submarine in a sea of blue, is on display at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Lennon himself appears on the tapestry as the captain of the submarine and giving the peace sign. The piece was commissioned by an organisation called Art For Amnesty to thank Ono for diverting more than $5 million in royalties from the singer’s post-Beatles music to Amnesty International since 2004.

Yoko OnoYoko Ono unveiled the tapestry honouring her late husband John Lennon

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U2 Stars Join Yoko Ono For John Lennon Celebration


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Lennon endured a long legal battle to live and work in the States after officials attempted to have him deported to his native Britain in the early 1970s, but he eventually had the deportation order overturned and was granted a green card work visa.

To mark the 40th anniversary of Lennon's landmark legal victory in 1975, bosses at the Amnesty International charity hosted a ceremony on Ellis Island to unveil a tapestry created in the musician's memory.

Ono attended the unveiling along with U2 stars Bono and The Edge, and the Irish singer was full of praise for Lennon, telling the crowd, "People who serve justice and equality, we kiss their a**. People who stand in its way, we kick (their a**)... That's why it is fitting to do this here, because John Lennon was an immigrant. He didn't sail across the Atlantic in an ocean liner or a yellow submarine. He didn't come in on a third-class ticket looking for a job in Hell's Kitchen. He didn't climb up out of steerage with all his potatoes in a single suitcase. But John Lennon was an immigrant all the same.''

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Yoko Ono Unveils John Lennon Green Card Tribute


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Yoko Ono unveiled a tribute to John Lennon in New York City on Wednesday (29.07.15) to mark the 40th anniversary of him becoming an American resident.

The 82-year-old artist, the widow of the Beatles legend, unveiled the tapestry that depicts a yellow submarine - inspired by The Fab Four song and film of the same name - and it will remain on display in Ellis Island to recognise John's fight to get a Green Card to work and live in America.

The day, July 29, was also declared John Lennon Day

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Jimmy Fallon Joins U2 Onstage At New York Gig


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Jimmy Fallon showed that he’s fully recovered from the nasty accident in which he nearly lost his finger by joining U2 onstage at their Madison Square Garden gig last night.

Having been photographed without his cast on Wednesday, ‘The Tonight Show’ host was invited onstage for a surprise appearance at the rock supergroup’s New York gig that night (July 22nd). He joined in with the rendition of ‘Desire’ on harmonica and cracked a few jokes at his and the group’s expense.

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The Funeral Of Rev.Jack Heaslip At St.Marys Church

The Edge - The Funeral of Rev.Jack Heaslip at St.Mary's Church Howth. Rev.Heaslip was U2's chaplin and travelled around the world on tour with the band over the years. He first met the band in the 1970's when he was a guidance counsellor at Mount Temple Comprehensive where the band were educated. - Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 25th February 2015

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The Edge

Date of birth

1st January, 1970

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

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