Larry Mullen Jr Net Worth
What is Larry Mullen Jr’s net worth?
Larry Mullen Jr. is a musician and actor best known as the co-founder and drummer of the Irish rock band U2. Larry Mullen Jr. has a net worth of $350 million. He has recorded several albums with the band, sold millions of copies worldwide and won over 20 Grammy Awards. Beyond U2 and his other musical collaborations, Mullen has starred in a few films, including “Man on the Train” and “A Thousand Times Good Night”.
Early life and beginning of career
Larry Mullen Jr was born on October 31, 1961 in the Artanes region of Dublin, Ireland. He is the middle child and only son of Maureen, a housewife and Lawrence Sr., who works as a civil servant. Mullen’s sisters are Cecilia and Mary, who died in 1973. At the age of eight, Mullen enrolled at the School of Music in Chatham Row to study piano. Later he started playing the drums on the instructions of Joe Bonnie and then on the instructions of Boney’s daughter Monica. For his primary education, Mullen attended Skoil Colmsill, a Roman Catholic boys’ school in Donegal County. Later, he went to Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Ireland’s first interdenominational school.
At his father’s encouragement, Mullen joined the Arten Boys Band, a marching band for young musicians. However, after being asked to cut his shoulder-length hair, he left the band after three weeks. Mullen bought a drum kit, and practiced in his bedroom. He later joined the Post Office Workers Band, which specialized in orchestral melodies and percussion. Mullen would later work with his sister Cecilia at an oil exploration company, where he was involved in the purchasing department.
In 1976, Mullen co-founded the rock band U2 in his kitchen in Artane. The group’s first meeting included Paul “Bono” Hewson, Adam Clayton, David “The Age” Evans and his brother Dick, and Mullen’s friends Peter Martin and Evan McCormick. After the latter two left, the band decided to take the name Feedback. He moved to The Hype in 1978 before settling on U2 for a talent competition in Limerick. After the competition, the band dropped Dick, leaving them with a four-man lineup. U2 soon signed with Island Records, and released their debut album “Boy” in 1980. This was followed by “October” in 1981, and then in 1983 in the UK with the band’s first number-one album, “War”. By the mid-80s, U2 had become globally renowned for its life performances. The group achieved their greatest fame with the 1987 album “The Joshua Tree”, which topped music charts around the world.
Struggling with creative stagnation and the mixed reception of their double album “Rattle and Hum” in 1988, the members of U2 decided to reinvent themselves. Beginning with their acclaimed 1991 album “Achtung Baby”, they moved to a new musical direction influenced by electronic dance, alternative rock and industrial music. This led to their ninth album, “Pop”, in 1997. After this, U2 followed a more traditional sound with the albums “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” and “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb”. The latter albums include “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience”, the former of which was criticized for its automatic, no-cost release through the iTunes Store.
Much of Mullen’s drumming style is due to his experiences in marching bands in his teens. This influence can be heard prominently in the militaristic rhythm of songs such as “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. In terms of his technique, Mullen often moves from snare drums to tom-toms on either side of it, and uses floor toms to create the bass drum effect. Additionally, his kit includes a tambourine mounted on a cymbal stand.
Because of his problems with tendinitis, Mullen uses specially designed Pro-Mark drumsticks to ease his pain. He also uses Yamaha drums and paste cymbals. In addition to playing his drums, Mullen has contributed vocals to several U2 songs, including “Numb,” “Moment of Surrender,” “Height,” and “Zoo Station.”
Beyond U2, Mullen has done several other music projects throughout his career. He contributed to U2 producer Daniel Lanois’s debut album “Acadie” in 1989, and co-wrote and arranged the Irish national football team song “Put ‘Em Under Pressure” for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Mullen has frequently collaborated with U2. Band mate Adam Clayton performing with Mike Mills and Michael Stipe at the inauguration ball of US President Bill Clinton. Mullen and Clayton contributed to the soundtrack to Nancy Griffith’s 1994 album “Flyer” as well as the 1996 film “Mission: Impossible”. Among Mullen’s other collaborations, he played drums on several songs on Emmylo Harris’ album “Wrecking Ball” and was a guest artist on Alice Cooper’s 2017 album “Paranormal.”
On top of his music, Mullen appeared in a few movies. He made his debut in the movie “Entropy”, playing himself alongside his band mate Bono. In 2011, he had a leading role in the crime drama “Man on the Train” starring Donald Sutherland. A few years later, he appeared in the play “A Thousand Times Good Night” alongside Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
While attending Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Mullen met his partner, Ann Acheson. The two have been together ever since and have three children. Like his U2 band mates, Mullen has a home in southern France.
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