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11 Quotes from The Edge, lead guitarist of U2

Born David Howell Evans, in East London on August 8, 1961, Evans is better known by his stage name The Edge. He joined fellow school-mates Larry Mullen, Jr., Paul Hewson (Bono) and Adam Clayton in forming a rock band that later went on to become U2, recording 13 studio albums over a span of 30 years. Together with U2, he also campaigned for several human rights and philanthropic causes. Check out the 11 things that The Edge said:

 

On music:

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"What a song is is a subjective thing. There's no one real definition for it."

"Music is such a great communicator. It breaks down linguistic barriers, cultural barriers, it basically reaches out. That's when rock n' roll succeeds, and that's what virtuosity is all about."

"You see, rock and roll isn't a career or hobby - it's a life force. It's something very essential."

 

On not looking back:

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"For me, looking back is akin to being on a tightrope and looking down. It doesn't help you in the present moment to deal with what you have to deal with in order to move forward."

 

On creative integrity:

"I have a curiosity that compels me to find ways to make music that are fresh and new."

"The big cop-out would be to accept popularity rather than opting to try to create potent work. It's so easy to do the popular thing, the expected thing, and that's where you start to cheat yourself - and your fans, in the end - because there's an inherent dishonesty in pandering and dishing up what everyone's expecting."

 

On his style:

"I suppose ultimately I'm interested in music. I'm a musician. I'm not a gunslinger. That's the difference between what I do and what a lot of guitar heroes do."

 

On starting a band:

"For me, my awkward phase corresponded to an interest in rock n' roll. From experience, I'm guessing an insecure childhood is probably quite a common thing among people who start a rock band."

 

On U2:

"Every album is difficult. If it was easy, we'd make one a month."

"U2 albums never get finished. They just get released."

 

On globalization:

"One of the good things about globalization is it has created a single international music community, and I feel very much part of it."

 

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