WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO LARRY MULLEN JNR?

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WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO LARRY MULLEN JNR?
« on: February 11, 2020, 09:50:53 PM »
So Iím driving home today and put on Rattle & Hum, nice and loud.

Love this album. Great rock songs and Heartland and All I Want is You are among their best slow songs. The one thing I notice is how damn good Larry Mullen Jnr sounds.

Now Iím no drummer and weíve all heard that technically Larry isnít the best, but I love what heís doing on this album, and for that matter, on a lot of those songs during the 80ís and 90ís.

I love banging away to a great drum beat. My daughter laughs at me. A Who song comes on and I come alive banging away on the steering wheel, on the couch, on my leg, wherever I can basically. Keith Moon, Bonham, and many others. As long as itís exciting and not basic.

Today listening to the Bo Diddley beat of Desire, the urgency on Hawkmoon with Larry thumping away during the close, the criminally underrated God Part 2 which is one of his best moments. I was doing some good damage to the steering wheel listening to Larry. Then I got to thinking, what the hell happened to him? To my ears itís few and far between for Larry really pounding the drums anymore. All seems kinda basic pattern pop/rock songs that is not really different then a drum machine. Itís been a long time in my opinion that Larry has been an exciting drummer.
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Re: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO LARRY MULLEN JNR?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2020, 09:54:54 PM »
So Iím driving home today and put on Rattle & Hum, nice and loud.

Love this album. Great rock songs and Heartland and All I Want is You are among their best slow songs. The one thing I notice is how damn good Larry Mullen Jnr sounds.

Now Iím no drummer and weíve all heard that technically Larry isnít the best, but I love what heís doing on this album, and for that matter, on a lot of those songs during the 80ís and 90ís.

I love banging away to a great drum beat. My daughter laughs at me. A Who song comes on and I come alive banging away on the steering wheel, on the couch, on my leg, wherever I can basically. Keith Moon, Bonham, and many others. As long as itís exciting and not basic.

Today listening to the Bob Diddley beat of Desire, the urgency on Hawkmoon with Larry thumping away during the close, the criminally underrated God Part 2 which is one of his best moments. I was doing some good damage to the steering wheel listening to Larry. Then I got to thinking, what the hell happened to him? To my ears itís few and far between for Larry really pounding the drums anymore. All seems kinda basic pattern pop/rock songs that is not really different then a drum machine. Itís been a long time in my opinion that Larry has been an exciting drummer.

This happened. Probably the main reason.

https://drmillett.com/u2-drummer-larry-mullen-jr-discusses-his-experience-with-dr-peter-millett-at-the-steadman-clinic/
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2020, 09:59:17 PM »
So Iím driving home today and put on Rattle & Hum, nice and loud.

Love this album. Great rock songs and Heartland and All I Want is You are among their best slow songs. The one thing I notice is how damn good Larry Mullen Jnr sounds.

Now Iím no drummer and weíve all heard that technically Larry isnít the best, but I love what heís doing on this album, and for that matter, on a lot of those songs during the 80ís and 90ís.

I love banging away to a great drum beat. My daughter laughs at me. A Who song comes on and I come alive banging away on the steering wheel, on the couch, on my leg, wherever I can basically. Keith Moon, Bonham, and many others. As long as itís exciting and not basic.

Today listening to the Bob Diddley beat of Desire, the urgency on Hawkmoon with Larry thumping away during the close, the criminally underrated God Part 2 which is one of his best moments. I was doing some good damage to the steering wheel listening to Larry. Then I got to thinking, what the hell happened to him? To my ears itís few and far between for Larry really pounding the drums anymore. All seems kinda basic pattern pop/rock songs that is not really different then a drum machine. Itís been a long time in my opinion that Larry has been an exciting drummer.

This happened. Probably the main reason.

https://drmillett.com/u2-drummer-larry-mullen-jr-discusses-his-experience-with-dr-peter-millett-at-the-steadman-clinic/

Do the injuries stop him from playing more exciting drum patterns though? Does it just limit him to very basic boring stuff? Nothing he does is technically very difficult.
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Re: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO LARRY MULLEN JNR?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2020, 10:04:22 PM »
So Iím driving home today and put on Rattle & Hum, nice and loud.

Love this album. Great rock songs and Heartland and All I Want is You are among their best slow songs. The one thing I notice is how damn good Larry Mullen Jnr sounds.

Now Iím no drummer and weíve all heard that technically Larry isnít the best, but I love what heís doing on this album, and for that matter, on a lot of those songs during the 80ís and 90ís.

I love banging away to a great drum beat. My daughter laughs at me. A Who song comes on and I come alive banging away on the steering wheel, on the couch, on my leg, wherever I can basically. Keith Moon, Bonham, and many others. As long as itís exciting and not basic.

Today listening to the Bob Diddley beat of Desire, the urgency on Hawkmoon with Larry thumping away during the close, the criminally underrated God Part 2 which is one of his best moments. I was doing some good damage to the steering wheel listening to Larry. Then I got to thinking, what the hell happened to him? To my ears itís few and far between for Larry really pounding the drums anymore. All seems kinda basic pattern pop/rock songs that is not really different then a drum machine. Itís been a long time in my opinion that Larry has been an exciting drummer.

This happened. Probably the main reason.

https://drmillett.com/u2-drummer-larry-mullen-jr-discusses-his-experience-with-dr-peter-millett-at-the-steadman-clinic/

Do the injuries stop him from playing more exciting drum patterns though? Does it just limit him to very basic boring stuff? Nothing he does is technically very difficult.

Iím no drummer either so I canít tell.

The only thing this tells me is that heís in the same situation as a professional athlete at a similar age.
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Re: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO LARRY MULLEN JNR?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2020, 10:50:52 PM »
Well, Reni from the Stone Roses praised him and "gave props to him" as the modern expression goes, during the 2012 Roses re-union press conference. That's good enough for me as I consider Reni to be the greatest drummer of all time.

Larry is a great drummer but his style of drumming is intense and not surprisingly he has had to, not quite relax, but adopt a different style in recent years.

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Re: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO LARRY MULLEN JNR?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2020, 01:26:06 AM »
when I read the title of this thread I honestly thought it was going to be about his affection for Botox and other cosmetic enhancements.

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Re: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO LARRY MULLEN JNR?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2020, 03:06:51 AM »
The rhythm section have been more or less totally neutered by MOR pop rock era u2.

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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2020, 07:19:28 AM »
On the promo video that came out later last year to accompany the tour, we saw all the band writing lyrics on a big sheet of paper. It started with Bono and ended with Larry.

I noticed that when Larry wrote, he was wearing a short sleeved top which revealed a squarish looking arm between the tricep and elbow (I'm not a physician, as you can tell).
I suspected at the time that he'd had some tendon surgery at some point, and possibly had a plate inserted.
Larry has a big hitting style.
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Re: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO LARRY MULLEN JNR?
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2020, 08:36:20 AM »
Guys. Larry had to change his style but he is still turning in excellent work.

Ignore your dislike for the songs but listen to LARRY:

Lights of Home - excellent, complex, syncophated beats

13 - different

Walk On - completely changed the song from what it would have been from a standard beat

NLOTH - joyous, strong drumming

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Re: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO LARRY MULLEN JNR?
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2020, 09:09:47 AM »
Hell, he's been carrying microwaves, and dragging suitcases and bathtubs, and rescuing mermaids and then throwing them back into the sea...no wonder the boy is so tired.

Actually, I think he's STILL very energetic...hasn't lost much at all.

Just wait...you will all (I hope) get older, too...it's not all peaches and cream. It basically sucks.
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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2020, 12:31:47 PM »
I think Eno or Lanois said that Larry has developed his drumming enormously over his career. I think itís less about Larryís technique and more about the nature of the songs. ďGreat songs that get played on the radioĒ donít make for heavy rhythm sections.

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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2020, 12:34:19 PM »
"ďGreat songs that get played on the radioĒ donít make for heavy rhythm sections."

Let us know next time U2 releases one of those.

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Re: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO LARRY MULLEN JNR?
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2020, 12:40:30 PM »
"ďGreat songs that get played on the radioĒ donít make for heavy rhythm sections."

Let us know next time U2 releases one of those.
Thatís seems to be their ambition, I didnít say they have written any.

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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2020, 04:12:39 PM »
I think Eno or Lanois said that Larry has developed his drumming enormously over his career. I think itís less about Larryís technique and more about the nature of the songs. ďGreat songs that get played on the radioĒ donít make for heavy rhythm sections.

I would somewhat disagree with this. His most signature drum song is Sunday Bloody Sunday and thatís a song I hear a lot on the radio. The Bo Diddley beat for Desire which was a big single. Even With or Without You has a beat thatís unique and instantly recognizable.
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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2020, 04:41:17 PM »
It's the metronome. :P

I reckon it's also Bono's voice. When your leadsinger is talking the lyrics or singing like a retired cabaret singer, you're not going to be conjuring T-Rex or The Ramones, are you? The way Bono used to sing lifted the band and they played on his level.

And here's a theory. Up until the 1990's, Bono's voice distracted you from the others. Now with his voice mostly shot and he's no longer belting out those magnificent Whooaahh--ohhhhss! of yesteryear, the rest of the band are exposed.
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