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U2 Drummer Speaks at Father’s Funeral

In September 1976, Larry Mullen Jr. asked his father–Larry Sr, obviously–if he could have some lads from school round to the house to talk about forming a band. That gathering led to the founding of what would become U2.

Larry Sr. died at the age of 92 at Bon Secours Hospital in Glasnevin on Sunday. Today–Wednesday, May 13–Larry Jr. was back in Dublin to speak at his dad’s funeral. From the Irish Independent:

“Nice one on the timing dad,” Larry smiled from the altar as he described how his father had been sick only for a short time but was a man who was “truly ready to go”.

“He wasn’t sick very long, however he received bad news on Friday. He decided to exit his mortal coil on Sunday,” Larry explained.

“I had an opportunity to speak to him on Saturday and he was overwhelmed by the care, love and support shown to him,” he added.

He said his father had spent his adolescence in a seminary before leaving in the 12th month of his final year at the age of 21, followed by ten years of wanderlust trying to readjust.

“Then meeting my mother, who was herself orphaned, and by all accounts complicated,” said Larry.

“They had three children quickly in their marriage. They lost their youngest daughter Mary at nine, followed four or five years later by the death of his wife, devastating the life of Larry,” he added.

“To my dad, I just want to acknowledge that there are no regrets between us. I love you, and you know that. No regrets,” he ended.

U2’s Innocence + Experience tour will begin as scheduled tomorrow night in Vancouver. (Via Larry)

Alan Cross

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