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Dik Evans
Dik Evans holding a guitar in front of a microphone stand
Evans performing in November 2011
Background information
Birth nameRichard G. Evans
Born1957 (age 65–66)
Barking, England
OriginDublin, Ireland
GenresArt rock, post-punk, gothic rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician
Instrument(s)Guitar
Years active1976–present

Richard G. "Dik" Evans (born 1957) is an English-born Irish musician. He is best known as a co-founder and the guitarist of the band Virgin Prunes, and a co-founder and early guitarist of the band that later became U2. He is the older brother of U2 guitarist The Edge.

Early life

Richard G. Evans was born in Barking in 1957, the son of Welsh parents. His younger brother David is a guitarist better known by his stage name The Edge. At a young age, the family moved to Ireland. Evans first began to learn how to play guitar with an acoustic guitar bought by his brother, which the two shared.[1]

Career

The band that would eventually be named U2 formed in Dublin on 25 September 1976.[2] Dik and his brother Dave were two of six people to respond to a note that Larry Mullen Jr. posted on the notice board at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in search of musicians for a new band. The group set up in Mullen's kitchen, with the Evans brothers on guitar;[3] at the first meeting, the duo shared a single home-made instrument between them. They soon whittled down the lineup to a five-piece[4][5] and settled on the name "Feedback" because it was one of the few technical terms they knew.[6] Most of their initial material consisted of cover songs, which the band admitted was not their forte.[7] Some of the earliest influences on the band were emerging punk rock acts, such as the Jam, the Clash, Buzzcocks, and Sex Pistols. The popularity of punk rock convinced the group that musical proficiency was not a prerequisite to success.[8]

In April 1977, Feedback played their first gig for a paying audience at St. Fintan's High School. Shortly after, the band changed their name to "The Hype".[9] Dik, who was older than the other band members and by this time at college, was becoming the odd man out. The rest of the band was leaning towards the idea of a four-piece ensemble.[10] In March 1978, the group changed their name to "U2".[11] That same month, U2, as a four-piece without Dik, won a talent contest in Limerick sponsored by Harp Lager and the Evening Press.[12] The win was an important milestone and affirmation for the fledgling band.[10] Within a few days, Dik was officially phased out of the band with a farewell concert at the Presbyterian Church Hall in Howth.[12] During the show, which featured the group playing cover songs as the Hype, Dik ceremonially walked offstage. The remaining four band members returned later in the concert to play original material as U2.[10]

Evans was later a founding member of Dublin-based band The Virgin Prunes[13] and their guitarist from 1977 to 1984.[14] He co-founded the band The Kid Sisters, later known as The Screech Owls, along with the American musician Deborah "Debbie" Schow.[15]

Recent solo work includes contributions to Snakes & Ladders – A Festival of New Irish Music, curated by composer and former Virgin Prunes' band member, Daniel Figgis.[16]

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Larry Mullen Jr.

Larry Mullen Jr.

Laurence Joseph Mullen Jr. is an Irish musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the rock band U2.

Mount Temple Comprehensive School

Mount Temple Comprehensive School

Mount Temple Comprehensive School is a secondary school in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland. The school operates under the patronage of the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, and has, as a primary objective, the provision of state-funded second-level education to the Protestant population of northern Dublin, while accepting pupils of all religions, and none. The school was established in 1972 following the amalgamation of Mountjoy School, Royal Hibernian Marine School in coastal Clontarf, and Bertrand & Rutland School.

Cover version

Cover version

In popular music, a cover version, cover song, remake, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by a musician other than the original performer or composer of the song. Originally, it referred to a version of a song released around the same time as the original in order to compete with it. Now, it refers to any subsequent version performed after the original.

Punk rock

Punk rock

Punk rock is a music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s. Rooted in 1960s garage rock, punk bands rejected the perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock music. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often shouted political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels.

The Clash

The Clash

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Buzzcocks

Buzzcocks

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Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols

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St. Fintan's High School

St. Fintan's High School

St. Fintans High School is an all-boys Roman Catholic voluntary-aided secondary school located between Sutton and Baldoyle, Dublin, Ireland.

Limerick

Limerick

Limerick is a western city in Ireland situated within County Limerick. It is in the province of Munster and is located in the Mid-West which comprises part of the Southern Region. With a population of 94,192 at the 2016 census, Limerick is the third-most populous urban area in the state, and the fourth-most populous city on the island of Ireland at the 2011 census. The city lies on the River Shannon, with the historic core of the city located on King's Island, which is bounded by the Shannon and Abbey Rivers. Limerick is also located at the head of the Shannon Estuary, where the river widens before it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Limerick City and County Council is the local authority for the city.

Harp Lager

Harp Lager

Harp Lager is an Irish lager created in 1959. Formerly produced at the Great Northern Brewery in Dundalk, it is now brewed in Dublin. It is a major lager brand throughout most of Northern Ireland, but is now rarely available in the Republic of Ireland.

Evening Press

Evening Press

The Evening Press was an Irish newspaper which was printed from 1954 until 1995. It was set up by Éamon de Valera's Irish Press group, and was originally edited by Douglas Gageby. Its principal competitor was the Evening Herald, which had been operating in Dublin as the one of only two evening papers since the demise of the Evening Telegraph in 1924.

Howth

Howth

Howth is an affluent peninsular village and outer suburb of Dublin, Ireland. The district as a whole occupies the greater part of the peninsula of Howth Head, which forms the northern boundary of Dublin Bay, and includes the island of Ireland's Eye, which holds multiple natural protection designations.

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References

Footnotes

  1. ^ "On the Edge of Success". U2 Magazine No. 3. 1 May 1982. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2007.
  2. ^ McCormick (2006), p. 27
  3. ^ Chatterton (2001), p. 130
  4. ^ McCormick, Neil (3 December 1987). "The Unbelievable Book". Hot Press. Vol. 23, no. 11. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  5. ^ O'Hare, Colm (25 September 2016). "#U240 U2: It was 40 Years Ago Today". Hot Press. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  6. ^ McCormick (2006), p. 30
  7. ^ McCormick (2006), pp. 35, 40
  8. ^ McCormick (2008), p. 37
  9. ^ McGee (2008), pp. 11–12
  10. ^ a b c McCormick (2006), pp. 46–48
  11. ^ McGee (2008), p. 14
  12. ^ a b McGee (2008), p. 16–18
  13. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Virgin Prunes". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  14. ^ "Dik Evans". Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  15. ^ "Irish Rock Discography: The Screech Owls". Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  16. ^ "On The Nature Of Electricity & Acoustics". Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.

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