The Edge

Edge was born David Howell Evans in East London on 8th August 1961 to Garvin and Gwenda Evans. He has one sister (Jill) and one brother, Dik, who was also a member of the early incarnation of U2 before leaving to join the Virgin Prunes. Having moved to Ireland while David was still at school, the Evans family settled in St. Mary Park Road, Malahide - an affluent area north of Dublin. It was while there that he attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School and met the rest of the band. Many theories exist concerning how Edge came to get that name. Some say that it was due to his 'edgy' style of playing guitar, while others say it was because he rarely became fully involved in things, preferring instead to remain 'on the edge'. Edge learned guitar mainly by playing over records that the rest of the band supplied him with. Rory Gallagher and Tom Verlaine were early influences, although the fledgling U2 covered anything from The Moody Blues to The Sex Pistols - in fact it was the realisation that they were not a good cover band that forced them to write their own material and become good. Edge developed a distinctive style that he described as "doing the work of two", as he liked to fill every spare moment with guitar. He has always seen himself as the opposite of the stereotypical guitar hero, preferring instead to think of himself as someone who communicates something meaningful through his music in a way that means something to the listener. On leaving school, Edge was torn between pursuing his career with the band and going to university to become a doctor. However, medicine's loss was music's gain, and Edge's career with U2 was settled. In 1983, Edge married Aislinn O'Sullivan, and they had 3 daughters together - Hollie, Arun, and Blue Angel. The couple separated in 1990 though, and were legally divorced 6 years later. Much of the lyrical content of Achtung Baby related to Edge and the break up of his marriage at that time. In 1993 he began dating Morleigh Steinberg, who had been chosen as the belly dancer for part of the ZooTV tour, and in October 1997 they had a daughter, Sian, and 2 years later a son named Levi was born. In June 2002 Edge and Morleigh married first in a civil ceremony in Dublin on the 18th, followed by a Jewish service in Eze-sur-Mer in the south of France on the 23rd. You can see a photo of the day here. The pair also bought a new home next door to Bono and Ali for 10 million Euros.

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