Dave “The Edge” Evans’ Birthday – August 8, 1961
Posted 8/8/2014 12:00:00 AM

Dave “The Edge” Evans’ Birthday – August 8, 1961

Conversation Starters:

  • Birthday wishes to “The Edge” from U2! What’s your favorite song to feature his awesome guitar skills?
  •  “The Edge” from U2 celebrates a birthday today! Who’s your favorite band member that always seems underrated?
  • “The Edge” of U2 turns 53 today!  Who’s your favorite rocker with a nickname?

Fast Facts

  • Born: David Howell Evans on August 8, 1961 in Barking, London, England
  • Age: 53
  • The Edge is the effect-savvy guitarist for the Irish rock band, U2
  • The Edge has always been  famous for playing simple guitar parts but adding a lot of effects using pedals and other audio equipment, which gives U2 its famous ambient sound
  • He is renowned for being a guitarist who is more concerned with sounds, texture and innovation rather than flashy technique
  • He occasionally writes lyrics and sings, and is credited with “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “Wake Up Dead Man”, “Van Diemen’s Land” and “Numb”
  • Evans became a part of U2 when he responded to Larry Mullen’s ad on their high school bulletin board in 1978, seeking out people to start a band
    • The band first named themselves Feedback
    • War (1983) was their first No. 1 UK album
    • The Edge wrote the score for the 1986 movie Captive as well as a single from the movie’s soundtrack entitled “Heroine”, sang by Sinead O’Connor
    • The Edge and U2 appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1987; it was only the fourth time a band was on the cover following The Beatles, The Band and The Who
    • The Edge and Bono wrote the lyrics for the theme of the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye
    • The Edge was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with U2 in 2005
    • Rolling Stone ranked The Edge at number 38 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in 2011

Personal Life

  • His parents, Gwenda and Garvin Evans, are of Welch decent
  • Has an older brother Richard (Dick) and a younger sister Gillian (Gill)
  • Moved to County Dublin, Ireland with family at age 1—still lives here today
  • Nickname: The Edge; given to him by Bono, for his sharp facial features, along with his sharp mind and ability to view things from “the edge”
  • The Edge was re-baptized by Bono early in band’s career
    • He attended prayer group meetings with Bono and Larry in the 1970s to find spirituality and to seek guidance
    • The Edge has always been torn between his Christian beliefs and his Rock and Roll lifestyle; he almost quit U2 because of this in 1981
    • In 1983, he was married to Aislinn O’Sullivan his high school sweetheart for seven years; had 3 daughters – Hollie, Arran and Blue Angel
    • Married Morleigh Steinberg in 2002; together they have a daughter, Sian, and a son, Levi
      • Met during the (1992-1993) Zoo TV Tour (started dating in 1993) , she was a belly dancer and choreographer on the tour


  • Evans built his first guitar as a young man and continues to build guitars today
  • He appeared in the 2009 music documentary It Might Get Loud alongside Jack White and Jimmy Page
  • He co-founded Music Rising in response to the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, which works to restore the Gulf’s musical culture and replace instruments that had been lost/damaged in the storm
  • The Edge and Bono have worked on several other projects besides U2, including producing the Broadway musical adaptation of Spiderman entitled Spiderman: Turn off the Dark
  • Evans famous wears beanie hats and is rarely seen without one




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