Why U2? – Reason #10

whyu2I love guitar music. From power chords to wailing solos, the instrument upon which rock ‘n’ roll is based has never lost the hold over me that started when I was a teenager, just discovering girls and my own musical interests, and i do worship at the altar of guitar heroes like Slash and Jimi Hendrix. More than any other rock god, though, I love The Edge. Don’t be fooled, when the song calls for it, our Mr. Evans can churn out a bombastic guitar solo with the best of them (see “The Fly” or “Love and Peace, or Else” if you need proof) but he never tries to insert one when it’s not in service to the song in question. Edge is equally content to lay back in the groove, providing a back-drop for Adam’s serpentine bass riffs or Bono’s own dramatic flourishes, without having to always be in the traditional “gun-slinger” model. More than “just a guitarist”, Edge is a musician, an truly visionary artist, who always puts the integrity of the musical idea ahead of his own ego, and from whom we could all learn a little something about team-work.

Ever since I realized as a kid, while poring over the liner notes of the Bob Marley - Songs of Freedom boxed set, that writing about music was a viable career choice, one of my greatest desires has been to write about U2. The band has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute a little something to the fantastic online community that's been built around the band.

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    broadsword
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    I love guitar music. From power chords to wailing solos, the instrument upon which rock ‘n’ roll is based has never lost the hold over me that started
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    joepit
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    Glad you mentioned The Fly for our good friend Leeny! ;) There are a couple of things I love about the Edge. One, he keeps it simple, the riff for Elevation is rather simplistic, but it’s the effects that he adds that makes it what it is and he let’s his guitar playing speak for him. He’s not out there saying “Look at me.” I love that.

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    Leeny
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    I’m trying to remember how the song goes.
    Sorry, I don’t recall any guitar solos in it.

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