Tuesday 18 September 2018

Show goes on for U2 as band mourn death of drummer Larry's father


U2 drummer Larry Mullen
U2 drummer Larry Mullen

THE father of U2 drummer Larry Mullen has passed away aged 92 in a Dublin hospital

Larry Mullen Snr died at Bon Secours Hospital on Sunday evening; his funeral will be held in Dublin this week.

It is believed that Larry and the rest of U2 will attend the funeral and then travel to Vancouver by private jet.

This will mean that the band's opening night of U2's Innocence + Experience tour can go ahead as scheduled this Thursday night in Vancouver.

Originally from Artane in Dublin, Larry Snr who had three children, often kept his rock star son's feet on the ground and the drummer previously said that he had "endless stories to tell about his little quirks and his sad, funny moments".

Larry Jnr recently wrote lovingly about his dad in the book Sons + Fathers.

He recalled how he bought him a laptop and regularly received emails from him.

Larry Snr's critique of his son's 2014 Golden Globes speech was published in the book, with the U2 musician saying his dad thought his reference to Nelson Mandela's contribution to the Irish peace process "was a stretch".

In the email, Larry Snr said that he "sacrificed looking at other television shows to see a late showing of the Globe awards."

Referring to his son's remarks when the band accepted an award for their song Ordinary Love, he said that Mandela's visit to Ireland wasn't to solve the impasse in the north but rather to thank Dunnes Stores workers that boycotted goods from Apartheid South Africa and to meet Gerry Adams.

"You all looked good and happy on the tele last night," Larry Snr added, signing off.

Some 20 cities have been confirmed in Europe and North America for U2's tour, which is the band's first in four years.


The death notice for Larry Snr thanks the staff at Bon Secours Hospital. House and funeral are strictly private. The notice read:

"Loving husband of the late Maureen and loving father of the late Mary," Mr Mullen is "Sadly missed by his beloved wife Alice, loving children Cecilia and Larry Jnr, Larry's partner Ann, grandchildren Becky, Sam, Elvis, Ava and Ezra, sisters Breda, Joan, Kit and Nora, extended family and friends. Rest in Peace," the notice outlines.

Next year marks 40 years since the band were formed in Larry Mullen's kitchen.

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