U2 Members Larry Mullen Jr.

Larry Mullen Jr.Lawrence Mullen was born in 1961 in Artane, which is located in the north side of Dublin. He had a tragic childhood, losing both his little sister Mary (1973) and his mother Maureen (1977). Larry's love for music first started at the age of 8 when he started learning the piano. He switched to drumming however in 1971 and took classes with Ireland's best-known drummer, Joe Bonnie. In the mid-70s Larry began his signature military-drumming style and became a member of the Artane Boys' Band, a military-style fife and drum band. The marching military sound made him develop a drumming style that to this day is characteristic for the music of U2.

In the fall of 1976, he placed a notice at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School looking for people to form a band. Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry met in Mullen's kitchen and formed U2. Larry was the only one who could really play an instrument at the time. As U2 became increasingly popular, Larry added the "Junior" suffix to his name, to avoid being confused with his father.

Several physical health problems followed Larry Mullen over the years. During the recording of the album "Pop" in 1996, he was forced to take a back seat while he underwent surgery for his severe back problems. This led him to experiment much more with electronic drum machines and he contributed heavily to the more techno feel of the album. Another ailment that bothered Larry, was his tendonitis, which has been curbed by specially-designed drumsticks from Pro-Mark . He also performs with special Yamaha drums and Paiste cymbals.

As for his personal life, Larry has been with his girlfriend, Ann, for over 20 years. They have 3 children together: son Aaron Elvis (born in 1995), daughter Ava (born in 1998) and daughter Anya (born in 2001). The Mullen family lives in Howth (Dublin) and in New York.

Larry is a big Elvis Presley fan and he is known for his love of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Other hobbies include practicing karate, and following the Irish National Football team, for whom he wrote the song "Put 'Em Under Pressure" in 1990.

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