Today’s Question: U2 guitarist The Edge celebrates his 55th birthday today (August 8th).
The Edge’s older brother Dick Evans was a member of the proto-U2 band The Hype, and his departure was one reason they changed their name. Which of these Dublin bands did Dick later join?
a) An Emotional Fish
b) The Virgin Prunes
c) Into Paradise
d) Hothouse Flowers
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2008-Bad Company reunites for a one-off show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. It’s the first time since 1999 that all the living original members — singer Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke — have performed together.
2000-David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Warren Zevon, former Eagles Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt play the first of two concerts at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to raise money for Fred Walecki, a local music store owner stricken with cancer.
1987-U-2‘s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” reaches number-one on the Billboard singles chart.
1986-David Crosby is released from prison after serving time for drug and weapons possession.
1982-Jefferson Starship singer Mickey Thomas marries Sara Kendrick in San Francisco.
1976-The band Boston releases the album Boston.
1975-The Rolling Stones finish a U-S tour before a crowd of 80-thousand in Buffalo, New York.
1974-Eric Clapton‘s chart-topping comeback album, 461 Ocean Boulevard (which contains “I Shot the Sheriff”), is certified gold.
1973-Wings drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Henry McCulloch opt out of the group one day before they are scheduled to leave for Lagos, Nigeria with Paul and Linda McCartney and Denny Laine to record Band on the Run.
1969-The Beatles‘ Abbey Road cover photo is shot in London. It’s full of what some fans believe are coded clues tied to the “Paul Is Dead” controversy. Two examples: he’s seen in bare feet and holding a cigarette in the “wrong” hand, and the Volkswagen Beetle with the “28-IF” license plate.
1967-George Harrison checks out San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district during the Summer of Love.
1966-Three days after its British release, The Beatles‘ Revolver album comes out in the U.S.
1964-Another Side of Bob Dylan is released.
1964-Fans riot at a Rolling Stones concert in The Hague, Netherlands.
The Edge (David Evans) – 55 years old
U2 guitarist. Born in 1961.
b) The Virgin Prunes