David "The Edge"
(b. August 8, 1961)
Instrument: Guitars, piano, keyboards, vocals and background vocals
Dave 'The Edge' Evans
was born in Barking, Essex, in East London, to parents of Welsh
descent, Gwenda and Garvin Evans. When he was one year old, the
family - which included younger sister Gill and older brother
Dick - moved to Dublin, where he has lived ever since. There,
he grew up as a quiet kid, a loner and very intelligent. He did
well in school, and up until before he met who would be his future
bandmates, he wanted to go to the university and become a doctor.
It was in the fall
of 1976 when he spotted Larry's note on the Mount Temple Comprehensive
High School bulletin board, which asked for anyone interested
in forming a band. He was the first to respond to the ad, and
he went to the first meeting in Larry's house with his brother
Dick and their friend, Adam Clayton. Along with Paul Hewson and
a few others, this was the first meeting of what would become
U2. The Edge showed them he had guitar playing skills that seemed
well beyond his age, and the chemistry among them was obvious
from the beginning.
Early in the band's
career, Dave Evans was re-baptized by Bono - then Bono Vox - as
'The Edge'. The nickname was inspired in the beginning by the
sharp features of his face, but it also applied to his sharp mind
and the way he always observes things from the edge. When he finished
high school, he told his parents he'd take a year off, to see
where the band and their music would take him.
Along with Bono and
Larry, The Edge joined a Christian-based religious group called
Shalom in the early 1980s. The young men were in search of spirituality
and the answer to the big question, and these issues soon became
a problem within the band. The three members attending the bible
group were torn between their Christian ideals and their rock
and roll lifestyle. Larry and Bono quickly chose the band, but
the Edge was uncertain. He had a lot of doubts, and nearly left
U2 prior to the making of the War album. But he took Bono's advice
to follow his heart and after a reasonable period of soul searching,
he chose the band as well. The Edge realized he didn't have a
problem with his beliefs or his music and lifestyle, it was other
people who did.
In 1983, Edge married
Aislinn O'Sullivan, with whom he remained for 7 years and had
three daughters: Holly (1985), Arun (1986), and Blue Angel (1989).
In 1990 they separated, and in 1996 they got a legal divorce.
He now has a daughter, Sian, and a son, Levi, with Morleigh Steinberg,
the belly dancer and choreographer from the ZooTv Tour, whom he
started dating in 1993. The two were officially married in June,
The Edge's guitar sound
is part of U2's trademark, the characteristic and mesmerizing
sounds he plays and the emotions he puts through them are what
make him one of the most unique guitarists in rock and roll. His
style -- clean, sharp, incisive, cutting-Edge -- is unmistakable.
He has often been called an "anti-guitar hero" because
of his aversion to the indulgent, solo style of many contemporaries.
lent his vocal talents to several U2 songs, first singing lead
on "Seconds" from the War album. He later took the lead
on songs such as "Van Diemen's Land" and "Numb",
and sang a solo version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" during
1997-98's PopMart Tour.