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Old 08-14-2010, 08:54 PM   #1
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Larry's current kit AND Ideal gift for a Larry-fan drummer?

My dad has been a drummer since he was a kid in the 60s and I've turned him into a U2 fan over the last 5 years. As a result of that, he's obsessed with perfecting various U2 songs (he can't stand that even Larry can no longer play SBS the same way he did on the album ). He's slowly trying to build Larry's kit...or at least a cheap version that's comparable.

Anyone know what his current kit includes?

Any thoughts on an ideal birthday gift for my pops that would be something that he could use or that Larry loves to use when playing?

Thanks for any help!
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I don't think Larry's every played it like the album. Listen to Under A Blood Red Sky. He has played variations of the album version of that beat, but the album version was very random in where the different parts were placed.


Check the pic on the right side of the front page of:
Larry Mullen Jr: Stage And Studio

It is a list of Larry's U2:360 kit.



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My dad has been a drummer since he was a kid in the 60s and I've turned him into a U2 fan over the last 5 years. As a result of that, he's obsessed with perfecting various U2 songs (he can't stand that even Larry can no longer play SBS the same way he did on the album ). He's slowly trying to build Larry's kit...or at least a cheap version that's comparable.

Anyone know what his current kit includes?

Any thoughts on an ideal birthday gift for my pops that would be something that he could use or that Larry loves to use when playing?

Thanks for any help!
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^Thanks! I'll take a look and see what he needs.

With regard to SBS, my dad considers never playing it like the album "cheating"...that's just the type of person he is.
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I don't think Larry's every played it like the album. Listen to Under A Blood Red Sky. He has played variations of the album version of that beat, but the album version was very random in where the different parts were placed.


Check the pic on the right side of the front page of:
Larry Mullen Jr: Stage And Studio

It is a list of Larry's U2:360 kit.
He's using a Ludwig snare?

By the way... do you know if there's a similar picture of Larry's drum kit but the one from the Vertigo tour? and do you know what magazine were the scans taken from?
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He's using a Ludwig snare?

By the way... do you know if there's a similar picture of Larry's drum kit but the one from the Vertigo tour? and do you know what magazine were the scans taken from?


He's used a Ludwig snare before (early days).

Some of NLOTH (album) was recorded with a Ludwig drum kit. (As seen in the studio pics and U2.com footage from NLOTH sessions.

Shown playing Ludwig kit, snare and ZILDJIAN cymbals, working on "Get On Your Boots"
http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights...ng_april08.swf


Scans of the 360 tour kit came from Rhythm magazine.

There are similar stage pics of Larry's kit from the Vertigo tour.
You can see them here:

2004-2006: HTDDAB/VERTIGO era
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He's used a Ludwig snare before (early days).

Some of NLOTH (album) was recorded with a Ludwig drum kit. (As seen in the studio pics and U2.com footage from NLOTH sessions.

Shown playing Ludwig kit, snare and ZILDJIAN cymbals, working on "Get On Your Boots"
http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights...ng_april08.swf


Scans of the 360 tour kit came from Rhythm magazine.

There are similar stage pics of Larry's kit from the Vertigo tour.
You can see them here:

2004-2006: HTDDAB/VERTIGO era
That's an interesting little fact.

I've seen the Ludwig kit and the Zildjian cymbals before, and I always like to read the brands thank yous at the end of album booklets, but I didn't know he uses Ludwig snares for live performances.

I'm not a drummer, but Larry's kits are something to take note of.

Thanks very much for the link/info.
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That's an interesting little fact.

I've seen the Ludwig kit and the Zildjian cymbals before, and I always like to read the brands thank yous at the end of album booklets, but I didn't know he uses Ludwig snares for live performances.

I'm not a drummer, but Larry's kits are something to take note of.

Thanks very much for the link/info.
The snare drum in question is a Ludwig Black Beauty. It is the 'industry standard'. Every drummer I know that doesn't own one, wants one. It's like having a 1958/1959 Les Paul. It is THE snare drum.
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The snare drum in question is a Ludwig Black Beauty. It is the 'industry standard'. Every drummer I know that doesn't own one, wants one. It's like having a 1958/1959 Les Paul. It is THE snare drum.
I also notice that he has a 10" Yamaha Peter Erskine snare drum. Do you know when he uses it? I've never noticed a change in the snare drum.
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I also notice that he has a 10" Yamaha Peter Erskine snare drum. Do you know when he uses it? I've never noticed a change in the snare drum.
"...Streets..."

During Popmart they would mount it next to his rack tom.

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"...Streets..."

During Popmart they would mount it next to his rack tom.

Ah... I see...

I always thought he played that song with a bongo drum or something like that. I guess it's because of the fact that I'm not a drummer and I never payed that much attention.

So basically streets is the only song in which he uses the Yamaha snare...? Is this the same snare that's placed next to the floor tom on his left side?

Sorry for so much questions, don't mean to make this seem like it's a questionnaire, it's just that very few people in here have a passion for this little fabulous facts and information.
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Ah... I see...

I always thought he played that song with a bongo drum or something like that. I guess it's because of the fact that I'm not a drummer and I never payed that much attention.

So basically streets is the only song in which he uses the Yamaha snare...? Is this the same snare that's placed next to the floor tom on his left side?

Sorry for so much questions, don't mean to make this seem like it's a questionnaire, it's just that very few people in here have a passion for this little fabulous facts and information.
Streets seems to be the only song that he's using the Yamaha Peter Erskine model snare drum. And yes, these days it's placed to the left of his hi-hats.

Don't mind the questions. I love drums and guitars and amps and such. (Obviously, right?)
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^ Well, now that you mention it...
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:44 PM   #13
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Larry Sunday

Larry plays SBS better now than he ever did back in the day. He is a more refined Drummer than the old days. The album version was lame anyway. U2 is a better live band.
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Your Dad doesn't seem to understand U2's music at all. It's not about playing it like the album or trying to show off drum chops...it's the sound they all create as a band ( not one of the band members is trying to out do the next with busy playing. The last thing U2 wants to do is mimic their record during a live show.
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Larry plays SBS better now than he ever did back in the day. He is a more refined Drummer than the old days. The album version was lame anyway. U2 is a better live band.
In your humble opinion, isn't that what you might have meant?

There is nothing wrong with the album version. He played it close but not exact to the album version during the 'War' tour. But has refined/simplified the part somewhat.

But "lame"? That is a bit rude assessment.
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lame compared to his modern day playing...he's a much better musician now than he was in his 20's. I shouldn't say lame ...bad choice of words..lol
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lame compared to his modern day playing...he's a much better musician now than he was in his 20's. I shouldn't say lame ...bad choice of words..lol
He actually took lessons in 1994. But that said, I think many of his early drum parts were very cool and creative; "Sunday Bloody Sunday" being one of them.
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He actually took lessons in 1994. But that said, I think many of his early drum parts were very cool and creative; "Sunday Bloody Sunday" being one of them.
I love Sunday Bloody Sunday drums because of its creativeness. And I especially love the way he used to play it during the Elevation tour.
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Hell, for those who think Larry can't play, just listen to Angels Too Tied To The Ground. You wouldn't think that he could carry a swing feel being the rock drummer that he is, but it's outstanding.
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The question is, does the drumming have a good feel and fit the music and does the music connect with people.

The answer is Yes and Yes.

Larry's drumming might not be as technical as Dave Weckly, Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland and countless others. But, what he plays is perfect for the songs and it makes the songs work.

If you don't believe that, listen to "Gloria", "11 O'Clock Tick Tock", "Pride (In The Name Of Love)", "Please", "Like A Song"... the push of Larry's part on "...Streets..."... the tom bolero of "Running To Stand Still"... and most other U2 songs... what Larry plays is distintively Larry and enhances the pace and feel of the song.
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