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.
U2's The Edge has become the first rock star to play at the Sistine Chapel.
The Irish band's lead guitarist, whose real name is David Evans, sang four songs on Saturday night (30Apr16) for about 200 participants of a conference on regenerative medicine, which took place inside the Vatican in Rome, Italy.
According to NBC, the performer played acoustic guitar and sang a cover of Leonard Cohen's If It be Your Will, as well as versions of U2 songs Yahweh, Ordinary Love and Walk On, as he was backed by a choir of seven Irish teenagers.
Wearing his trademark black beanie, The Edge told the audience that he was stunned to be invited to play in the chapel, which was painted by Renaissance master Michelangelo in the 16th century.
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Rocker The Edge was supported by his U2 bandmates on Wednesday (20Apr16) as he laid his father to rest in Ireland.
John Garvin Evans died on Saturday (16Apr16) at the Bons Secours Hospital in Dublin, following "a long and courageous battle with illness", according to a family notice published on The Irish Times website.
Family and friends gathered for his funeral at Howth's Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, when The Edge, real name Dave Evans, served as one of his dad's pallbearers.
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U2 rocker The Edge is mourning the loss of his father, who passed away on Saturday (16Apr16).
John Garvin Evans died on Saturday at the Bons Secours Hospital in Dublin, Ireland following "a long and courageous battle with illness", according to a family notice published on The Irish Times website on Sunday (17Apr16).
Evans dealt with his illness with "typical joie de vivre" and had "wonderful care" at the facility, the notice reads. He will be remembered at a funeral at Howth Presbyterian Church in Howth, Ireland on Wednesday (20Apr16).
The 54-year-old guitarist, real name David Howell Evans, has siblings Richard and Gillian. Their mother Gwenda passed away in 2012.
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Because falling never falls to make people laugh.
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.
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:
The U2 guitarist has gained permission to build five huge houses in Malibu.
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.
U2 guitarist The Edge
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U2 Rocker The Edge Has Won His Lengthy Battle With Malibu, California Residents Over His Plans To Build Five Homes On A Ridge Overlooking The Coastal Town.
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.
The Irish rockers are in the middle of their 'Innocence and Experience Tour'.
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.
U2 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 requires another operation on his hand after almost severing his finger in a freak accident in June.
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.''
Continue reading: Jimmy Fallon Needs More Surgery
U2 Rocker The Edge Walked His Eldest Daughter Hollie Down The Aisle As She Got Married In Italy Over The Weekend (22-23aug15).
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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The artwork was unveiled to remember Lennon, who was assassinated in New York in 1980, his struggles to gain citizenship, and the money his music has raised for Amnesty International since 2004.
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 Ono unveiled the tapestry honouring her late husband John Lennon
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Date of birth
1st January, 1970
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