U2's The Edge, who celebrates a birthday today (August 8), is not only a member of one of the greatest bands of all time, but he's also a star in one of the greatest music movies of all time in 2008’s It Might Get Loud.
The whole premise of the film is based around one sentence that’s shown at the beginning of the film: “On January 23, 2008, three musicians came together to discuss the electric guitar.”
Of course, when those three musicians are Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White, it’s safe to say some magic is going to happen.
The entire film is one giant highlight reel, but in honor of the Edge's birthday, here are six scenes that stand out.
Jack White makes a guitar
If you’re not blown away by this scene, you need to reexamine your life.
A clip from the Sony Pictures Classics archive. IT MIGHT GET LOUD Directed by Davis Guggenheim
Page, The Edge, White Play U2’s “I Will Follow”
There’s something special about the interaction of each guitarist learning each other’s riffs.
As a part of "It Might Get Loud" documentary, The Edge teams up with Jack White and Jimmy Page to play U2's song, "I Will Follow"
Jimmy Page listening to Link Wray’s “Rumble”
Jimmy Page fanning out and playing air guitar is quite the sight which is only rivaled by his music room that houses his record collection.
Here's a short clip from the documentary "It Might Get Loud". Page is listening to Rumble by Link Wray and his Ray Men. It's cool to see a Rock Legend like Page really impressed with someone else's music.
The story behind “Seven Nation Army”
We don’t know what we like more: The actual story behind this White Stripes track or the way Page and The Edge are enamored by the riff/hook when learning how to play it.
Rock icons -- Jimmy Page, the Edge and Jack White -- from three different generations come together to discuss the electric guitar and their musical influences. The men swap stories and crank up their instruments on an empty soundstage for a jam session.
The Edge playing “Elevation” without pedals
Everyone knows The Edge is pretty much a scientist when it comes to using pedals, but this clip is just ridiculous.
What The Edge is actually playing....
Jimmy Page playing “Whole Lotta Love”
Looking at White and The Edge trying to keep it together while Page plays the opening riff from “Whole Lotta Love” makes us feel better about fanning out while watching this scene.
A cara que o The Edge e o Jack White fazem quando o Page começa a tocar não tem preço. Parecem duas crianças dentro de uma loja de doces. Imperdível!!! "The Edge and Jack White, like two kids in a candy store when Page starts playing. Priceless!!"
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.