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U2 has been one of the biggest bands in the world for the past few decades and The Edge (born David Evans), their resident guitar whiz, has been an understated but potent presence in U2’s sound since the beginning. In honor of Edge’s 53rd birthday, here are some things that make us think about him Skullcaps – he took to wearing these in the early 90s when he started going bald. They have since become part of his iconic look, almost like Bono’s sunglasses.
Effects pedals – Edge has incorporated sound itself into his guitar playing to a degree that did not exist before U2. He does so while notoriously well-armed with binders full of guitars and stompboxes. His guitar tech, Dallas Schoo, earns his keep maintaining order amongst this equipment and enacting Edge’s perfectionism.
It Might Get Loud – Edge stood alongside Jimmy Page and Jack White as a diplomat for the electric guitar in David Guggenheim’s documentary “It Might Get Loud.” Many musicians who had previously written off Edge’s playing got exposed to his dedication to his sound and had to throw him some props after his appearance in this movie.
Spiderman – The most expensive Broadway production of all time was the recent “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark,” which undertook the almost impossible task of putting a comic book creation on the stage. The show featured music written by Edge and Bono. Here’s some of that musical. The music might as well have come straight off “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.”
Bad imitators – Edge’s style has been copied by endless guitar players who mistake ineptitude for minimalism. More or less every arena-ready pop-rock band of the past twenty five years has named U2 as an influence, particularly guitarists, but very few of them have the same kind of feel. Here’s him playing like Steve Cropper.
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