Originally Posted by greenhouseman
Originally Posted by Rammitinski
I think he is serious. And as a long-time player, I might just agree.
Edge is no chops-monster, for sure. And what he has done w/ effects has been done before (the rhythmic echo stuff? David Gilmour was doing that before Dave Evans ever got a guitar, echo pedal & new stage name).
That said, Edge has taken that "trick" and created a truly signature, instantly recognizable sound. And, esp. with the more recent U2 material, many times you think you are hearing a keyboard/synth? Nope, that's Edge running thru god knows what pedals/rack gear to make a power trio + singer sound 100 times more massive.
I'd say that his role in U2 is very much like Andy Summers in the Police. Not just the "guitar player', but provider of often numerous layers of sound. Sometimes very subtle, sometimes in your face.
I'd say making a noise that most anyone can spot instantly deserves some credit for being somewhat "revolutionary".