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Larry was in Los Angeles this weekend, honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Yamaha.

As well as getting behind the drums to join other musicians including Nathan East and Butch Walker on a set of U2 favourites - 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For’, 'Angel Of Harlem’, ‘Pride (In The Name of Love)’ and ‘Desire’ - Larry took to the microphone for a self-deprecating speech, paying tribute to his bandmates as well as his longtime partners at Yamaha.

“I’ve spent the best part of my career sitting down, looking at the backs of three other men’s heads! That vantage point gives me a unique insight into the minds of singers and guitar players since I don’t always get to read their faces. So can I begin by guessing what’s going through some heads right now. “ 

A few years ago, he said, the first thing that would have entered his mind on hearing Yamaha were giving him something was “YES, a free motorcycle!”

"Luckily for the tour insurers there is no bike!  I’m humbled to accept the Yamaha Lifetime  Achievement Award. Like you I’m wondering if there’s been a terrible mistake. It’s worth mentioning Yamaha’s impeccable eye for spotting and investing in young talent, but there is a large part of me that still thinks I was just the cheaper alternative to Phil Collins and Neil Pert!”

Larry underlined his great sense of gratitude to the team at Yamaha, in particular Chris Gero and John Whittmann. "Yamaha have been incredible partners over 35 years. Chris has made it his mission to make Yamaha endorsees partners - not workhorses. That’s a great feeling when you’re out there putting everything into your music: to know that someone respects the art and the process as much as you do.” 

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brian_torri
17 March, 2017
You have an excellent sense of humor.
Congratulations, Larry. I admire and respect the abundant humor in your band. It seems to take good care of you in all the work you do.
CedarsofLebanon314
09 March, 2017
Sodeserving
CONGRATULATIONS! You are truly deserving of this and more! I work and work with my air drums, but my kids tell me that I need more practice! Haha! I dream of playing drums during Phil Collins 'In The Air Tonight' as well, but again, the air drums just don't cut it. When I watch you at the concerts, I feel confident with my rhythm as I am dancing to the beat your drumming! So amazing, Larry,.... SO AMAZING! Again, CONGRATULATIONS!
aldevsman
06 March, 2017
ALfromNJ
Congrats Larry! As a drummer myself I have been appreciating your talent for 30 years as a U2 fan. You have driven this band as its true rock n roll leader..hear and soul! See you at the Meadowlands in June 2017!
PaulMcShane
03 March, 2017
Larrys award
Great to finally see Larry being recognised individually by Yamaha,he is the sometimes taken for granted member of the best rock band in the world,I look forward to seeing him and the rest of the"Boys "play at Croke Park this July only regret is there's no second date in Ireland.Adh mor oraibh.
sarahlouisecastree
01 March, 2017
The Best!
Very well deserved and well overdue. My lifelong dream is to sit opposite Larry Mullen jr and say "thank you, thank you, thank you" for U2 and the music I love the best. Can't wait for the shows (both shows in Rome and the Dublin gig! Woopee!) Warmest, Sarah xxxxxxxxx
SeanNY
25 February, 2017
Well deserving!
Congratulation Larry, you have provided the heartbeat of nearly 40 years of inspiring music! Sláinte
JohnB7777
15 February, 2017
fully appreciated
i think the band, all of us, have always fully appreciated your excellence.....
myheartstruth
14 February, 2017
Congratulatons
Always taking a compliment with Grace! Well deserved, well earned! See you in a few months Gentlemen!!! We're all waiting for you! Courtney
11 February, 2017
BRIAN DEVENNEY CLYDEBANK GLASGOW 12A K
WELL DONE LARRY BOY..... I HAVE TRIED TO COPY URE STYLE ALL MY DAYS AND IM STILL MILES OFF... BUT I WILL GET THERE ONE DAY X X X X P.S. WHATS THE CHANCE OF GETTING A PAIR OF URE PROMARK 5As TO USE....... MY UTUBE IS BRIANDEVENNEY AND I GOT 5 STARS FOR WITH OR WITHOUT YOU WHEN THE OFFICIAL VIDEO ONLY GOT 4 X X X X
Luis68
05 February, 2017
It's all about the drums
Great speech you are very humble Larry.. Wow 35 years hitting those Yamaha drums
cynthia197908
02 February, 2017
Congrats!
And yes mr. Bono...., It is still about DRUMS!!!
n2nature
31 January, 2017
So Great
Congratulations on all of your achievements and especially for being our true beloved rock band with so much heart and soul and endless amazing gifts cherished by all the world. Much Love!
lucvanhout
31 January, 2017
CONGRATULATIONS LARRY
It's great to see that my best drummer get's the Yamaha Lifetime Achievement Award.
Shazabelle
30 January, 2017
Congrats to the best drummer
What took them so long in giving Larry this award. In my opinion he is the best drummer out there and I've been saying that for the past 30 years, so why has it taken them so long to give him this award? So once again congratulations on receiving this award you totally 100% deserve it.
LindaSusan
30 January, 2017
LindaSusan
Awesome! You deserve it for sure! You are the heartbeat of the band!
Fabie
30 January, 2017
You're the best!
You are a source of inspiration for youngsters dreaming of a band of their own, like my son. But he's not (yet) on Yamaha
TOM2U
30 January, 2017
TOM2U2
Regards Great
nln123
30 January, 2017
Contratulations!
Congratulations on a well deserved award, Larry! You are classy, humble and uber cool! Kudos to Yamaha for the recognition and award!
U2fan4lyfe
30 January, 2017
Larry in the zone.
As noted, Larry led the Yamaha All-Star Band in a set of U2 classics.
myrtle235
30 January, 2017
Myrtle235
I am a big fan of Larry always have been since day one, U2 would not be the band it is without him, he drums like no one else and deserves this award, couldn't have gone to a better unassuming person. Congratulations.
lcpteles
30 January, 2017
Congrats
Larry, I liked to read what you said and notice you´re humble! That makes me your fan even more!
sean4niamh
30 January, 2017
To long coming.
Well done and about time larry is getting this award and fair play to yamaha because for me larry is the best drummer around the world because he plays so much stuff around the kit not just the hi hats all the time so again well done larry you deserve this.
juetu
30 January, 2017
Congrats
Well done Larry :)
stik1
30 January, 2017
Stik/Plug
yo Larry Congrats on the award......41 years on of consistent brilliance and never missing a beat...
browneyes70
29 January, 2017
Felicidades
Very well deserved! Such a classy and cool gentleman with such heartbeat transmitted through those drumsticks that have inspired and touched our souls.
Shannon387
28 January, 2017
Congratulations!!!
Congrats Larry!! A very well deserved award.
27 January, 2017
Congratulations to the love of my life!
Yes, I know you don't like it when strangers say I love you ;-) but forgive me, its impossible not to love a wonderful, talented, selfless and unasuming man like yourself. I'm sure that I can speak on behalf of all your fans - we are thrilled with this very much deserved award and we hope to be lucky to hear U2 playing for many, many more years to come.
EBMlovesU2
27 January, 2017
Excellent!
Congratulations for this well-deserved award, Larry! You're an extraordinary musician. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with the world. Love you!
vectrav6
26 January, 2017
The best band starter.
Larry you can not imagine how much joy you have brought to millions of people by simply sticking a piece of paper to a notice board in a school. Congratulations on your award, well deserved.
padawanbeck84
26 January, 2017
Congratulations Larry!
Drummers are often overlooked, so it's nice to see him get some well-deserved recognition. Larry really has helped shape U2's sound throughout their career - which in turn has made him an inspiration to drummers all over the world, professionals and beginners alike. And we all owe him massive thanks for starting the band in the first place.
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