Happy Halloween Birthday To U2's Larry Mullen
Larry, Jr. convinced his parents to get him a kit, which he described to Rhythm magazine as "a bit of a nightmare." The kit was, evidently, the product of a Japanese toy company. Still, with a little elbow grease and ingenuity, he made it work. "I persevered with it for quite a few years and, like an old friend, I was sorry to see it go," he recalled.
He was fortunate enough to study the instrument, early on, with noted Irish drummer Joe Bonnie. Nevertheless, his only outlet for performance was a marching, military-style outfit called the Artane Boys Band. There wasn't much to work with in rockish 4/4 timings, but Mullen did develop a unique style that would later color such hits as "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)." more on this story
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