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.
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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The beloved presenter is on the mend from a serious hand injury last month, but it didn't stop him playing harmonica on 'Desire' with the Irish rock legends.
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.
Jimmy Fallon got onstage with U2 in New York
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Sheehan, 69, is thought to have suffered a cardiac arrest, and was discovered in his hotel room in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning.
U2’s latest tour has suffered yet more bad news, with the announcement of the sudden death of the band’s long-serving tour manager. Dennis Sheehan, who has overseen the group’s tours for over three decades, was found unconscious in his room in Los Angeles.
Sheehan, who was 69, was pronounced dead at the scene on Wednesday morning in the Sunset Marquis Hotel, having suffered a suspected cardiac arrest, according to TMZ. His death comes one night in to U2’s five-night residency at The Forum in Los Angeles.
U2 are mourning the death of their tour manager on Wednesday morning
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The guitarist fell off the stage in Vancouver during the band's encore earlier this month - they talked about the incident in a new interview with CBS News.
U2 feared that their current world tour might have been over on the first night after The Edge fell off the stage during an encore. In a group interview with CBS News, the four members talked about the moment during the Innocence + Experience tour’s opening night at Rogers Arena, Vancouver on May 14th.
“Sick in the pit of my stomach,” said Adam Clayton about how he felt at the time. “It was a weird moment, 'cause I knew what was down there.” Larry Mullen Jr. quipped “start and end all in the same evening,” in addition.
The Edge fell off the stage in Vancouver a fortnight ago
The U2 guitarist has never had a more appropriate name...
Things were going just fine as U2 took advantage of the Rogers Arena stage's runway during their Vancouver show on their Innocence and Experience tour. It was the first show of this new run of concerts, and it seems lead guitarist The Edge struggled to find his bearings as he tumbled off the edge.
The Edge takes a tumble on debut 'Innocence and Experience' show
Whilst 'The Edge' sounds like a cool and err... edgy nickname (sorry), it will forever be the cause of amusement for the rest of his bandmates, and indeed anyone who's seen the following footage. Thankfully, the musician did not sustain any injuries after his fall - which is just as well because he's got another 69 shows to do over the next few months.
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The band filmed the surprise acoustic set ahead of their Jimmy Fallon appearance later this week.
U2 caused a bit of a stir in New York this week by performing a secret gig in a subway station.
The Irish rock legends, much more accustomed to playing cavernous stadiums and arenas, dressed up as street musicians and made an impromptu busking performance at Grand Central station on Monday night. The set was filmed ahead of the group’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ this Friday (May 8th).
U2 played a surprise gig dressed as buskers in New York on Monday
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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
Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen junior and U2 - Snaps from the red carpet as an array of stars attended the 2014 Bambi Awards which recognise excellence in international media and television in Berlin, Germany - Thursday 13th November 2014
The Edge (l-r) and Bono of U2 - A variety of pop stars from the music industry were photographed as they performed live at the MTV European Music Awards 2014 which was held at the The Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th November 2014
The band's latest album, Songs of Innocence, is available to all Apple iTunes Music Store customers and U2.com subscribers for free before its full release on October, 13.
It was announced today that Irish superband U2’s latest studio album, Songs of Innocence, will be released through Island Records on October 13. However, for U2.com subscribers that simply cannot wait that long, and for Apple iTunes Music Store customers that may or may not be able to wait that long, the album is available today (Wednesday, September 10). For free.
Irish rock band, U2, have completed their newest album since 2009
Featuring 11 new tracks from the rock quartet, Songs of Innocence has been given to subscribers of the band’s website and has been gifted to over half a billion Apple iTunes customers worldwide - free to download if users wish.
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Filmmaker Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) chooses top guitarists from three stages in rock history--Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White--and talks to about their childhoods and their love affairs with their guitars. It's like three mini-docs as we meet each man, learn about their first musical experiences and discover how each one's personal interests have fed into their specific style.
Then he gathers all three in a room and lets them talk, compare notes, learn from each other and jam together.
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You really hear all there is to know about The Who along the way: from Tommy to two drug overdoses to the influence of guru Meher Baba (the "Baba" in "Baba O'Reilly") to the 11 people killed at a 1979 Who concert trampled trying to get into the show, still the deadliest concert event in American history. Even Townsend's run-in with the law over a child pornography incident earlier in the decade is covered, if only on a surface level.
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Date of birth
1st January, 1970