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The Edge Biography

Birth Name:
David Howell Evans
Birth Place:
Barking, Essex, England
Guitarist, songwriter

Fast Facts

  • Moved to Dublin with his family at the age of 1
  • Originally planned to become a doctor or engineer
  • Was given his first guitar at 7 by his mother
  • Responded, along with his older brother, Richard, to classmate Larry Mullen's school bulletin-board posting for band auditions; they both joined the group---originally called Feedback---which also included Paul Hewson (Bono) and Adam Clayton
  • Nicknamed "The Edge" by Bono
  • While vacationing with his family in New York in 1978, bought a used Gibson Explorer, which would become his signature guitar
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of U2, in 2005
  • Cofounded Music Rising in 2005 to provide replacement instruments to musicians who lost theirs during Hurricane Katrina; later expanded the charity's mission to replace instruments lost by churches and schools
  • Cowrote songs for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark with Bono


  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2013Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated
  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2002Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated


  • Richard Evans -- Brother
  • Arran -- Daughter
  • Blue Angel -- Daughter
  • Hollie -- Daughter
  • Sian -- Daughter
  • Aislinn O'Sullivan -- Ex-wife
  • Garvin Evans -- Father
  • Gwenda Evans -- Mother
  • Gillian -- Sister
  • Levi -- Son