Whether you've been listening to the Edge for the past 10 minutes or the past 10 years, there are some bands you are going to hear all the time. There's a good chance that if you turn your radio on right now, the station will be playing one of them. So we asked Edge DJ Josh Venable about five of these core artists and why Under the Bridge and Learn To Fly will always be part of the Edge equation.
"They played our first Edgefest [in 1992] and they didn't want to headline because they didn't think anyone would stick around for them.... If you were to ask about the 10 most important alternative rock bands of all time, they'd have to be on that list.... Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Alice in Chains are one branch of the sound tree that the Edge was. Echo & the Bunnymen, R.E.M., the Cure [and the] Smiths are the other. We still play all those bands, too. It's definitely important to have one toe, if not an entire foot, in your roots. I don't want to play just a bunch of Mumford & Sons. I like how Mumford & Sons into [Pearl Jam's] Even Flow sounds."
"Coldplay are the face now of this era of alternative. They're a band that's crossed over to so many other groups of people that listen to the Edge. There are 60-year-old women who like Coldplay, just like there are 16-year-old boys who like Coldplay."
"We could play every song from their albums, and they would be a hit. We play 90 percent of their songs now, and they're all hits. People love 'em, and [frontman] Dave Grohl is a super nice guy with amazing hair. He looks like a walking Pantene commercial."
Red Hot Chili Peppers
"I remember when they came through with Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam at the Bronco Bowl [in 1991].... The Chili Peppers have been an important Edge band ever since. Like the Foo Fighters, I would consider them a core Edge band for sure. We play something off every record."
"They're local boys done good. That one record [ Rubberneck from 1994] is like a hit factory. We play five songs from it, and we're playing some of the new record right now.... Every time we play them, they're going to do well. They've got a legion of fans here.... Clark [Vogeler, guitarist] said, 'Thanks for playing the new stuff,' and I said, 'It could have been you guys playing the phone book, and I would've played it because of how important they are in Dallas-Fort Worth.'... At the Toadies House Party [a contest in which an Edge listener got to have the Toadies play at his house], I said if, when I was a kid, I could have had Tripping Daisy, Funland, Hagfish or the Grown-Ups, or any of those important local bands from the old days, play at my house, how cool would that have been? Then it kind of dawned on me: While all those bands have gone by the wayside, the Toadies are still around."