Growing up in Ireland’s capital city of Dublin, Larry started out playing piano but soon gave it up for
the drums at the age of nine. From the start he wanted to play his own way and was not keen on learning paradiddles
and fancy technique. Larry instigated the formation of U2 while at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin by posting
a ‘musicians wanted’ notice. He was still only 15 and he saved up cash from mowing lawns to buy his first drum
The band soon graduated from playing Rolling Stones covers to writing their own songs, inspired by the
brash ethos of late-1970s punk. By 1979 the band was forging their own identity and gaining attention.
Like most young drummers Larry started out experimenting with a more flamboyant style and gradually
pared things down to the lean force he displays today. There’s a deceptive art in simplicity - the broad, bold statement
that carries to the back of the largest arena - and Larry and U2 are the masters. They understand this better than probably
any other band. There is always a dramatic dimension to Larry’s playing, an element of traditional Irish music, melodic
Celtic roots and the marching bands of his youth.
Larry and U2’s incredible success is also due to their willingness to experiment and take big risks
with drum sounds and overall production. They constantly worked to stretch the boundaries of stadium rock, creating their
own unmistakable sound during the 1980s – the special marriage of rock and roll with technology. Working with producers
and engineers including Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Flood on albums stretching from The Unforgettable Fire through The Joshua
Tree, Achtung Baby, Zooropa and on to 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind (which immediately picked up four
Grammy Awards), Larry’s willingness to embrace technology, to work alongside loops and samples, has kept the band on
the cutting-edge of rock. With Larry starring in the video for the latest single Electrical Storm there’s no sign of
the band slowing down yet.
- brief biography courtesy of: www.yamaha-europe.com