I am 10 years younger than Larry and looked up to him as a role model whilst young and learning drums.
I got my first ‘real’ drums at the age of 7; bought second hand for £17. They would have been more at home in an African village than suburbia; the skins were even made of real leather and they were brilliant turquoise. I taught myself basic rudiments and beats until my Dad found me lessons with ‘Sound Incorporated’ drummer’s father Morris Fogg - a local jazz legend and Buddy Rich Double.
I learnt to play jazz, military rudiments, and gained independent playing skills quickly my Drum teacher pointed me in the direction of a ‘Premier’ - the kit of its day with 'Paiste 2002' cymbals. Like Larry I got bored of being taught and just wanted to get out there and play with musicians. I stuck with lessons for 7 years and practiced jazz chops and grooves every day before moving on from school bands at the age of 12. I was signed at 17 years old and toured with many great bands until i was 29 years of age.
I am the middle child and my older sister was a huge influence over my taste in music which varied from The Clash, Bowie, The Police, Echo and the Bunnymen, Hendrix, Blondie, Susie and the Banshees, the Sex Pistols, Simple Minds, The Pogues & The Waterboys and she even took me to my first gig in Leeds to see U2 in Concert on the 87' Joshua Tree Tour, missing several O'level examination to do so. So I really grew up with music from a very young age.
So, why a U2 tribute act?
I have bought every U2 Record/Tape/CD/DVD since the War album was released; With my second band whilst at school in 1985 (aged 13) I covered Sunday Bloody Sunday in front of 1000 students a song which of its time was amazing on so many levels I got such a rush that I knew one day I would cover them again in some way. I have been to every U2 tour since the Joshua tree. I have queued for U2 tour tickets over night and been at the front of the queue for their new releases since I was 12. They kind of get under your skin – four ordinary lads from Dublin making extraordinary and intelligent music. So when Luke got in touch with me for an audition I jumped at it, I say audition I had 4 days to brush up before we left for a tour of Ireland venues; Playing live in Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Cork and finally onto Dublin.
'It’s a musical journey' I want to be a part of, I have respected and learnt a lot from Larry Mullen Jnr (jam jar). musically since 1983 and love his simple, dynamic, big hitting approach to playing. He was a role model when growing up along with Stewart Copeland and remains a dude in my eyes. This is the first cover band I have been in and loving ever minute. I am a perfectionist musically so, if you’re going to do it, then it has to be done perfectly - so it has to be Achtung Baby. I later approached the band with the name U2 2 and agreed a new start. The band tell me I can be a loud and heavy hitting drummer and ask me to play a little softer at most gigs - my answer is 'get a bigger P.A. system!' =]
So thanks for having me boys, it looks like the pin board notice worked after all.........… Hee Hee…
I look forward to seeing you all on the road soon =]
Yamaha Absolute Maple Hybrid (Custom): As featured on the I&E Tour, Joshua Tree 2017 and E&I Tour 2018.
24" or 20" Kick drums (For different sized venues)
13" & 14" Hanging Rack Toms | 14" 16 & 18" Floor Tom (Inter-changable)
14 x 6.5" Ludwig Black Beauty Hand Hammered Snare (as used by Larry from 2007-today.
12 x 8" Brady sheoak stave (As used by Larry on Zoo TV, Pop Mart, Elevation Tours)
10 x 4" Yamaha Peter Ernskin Snare in Natural Vintage (Beginning of: Where the streets have no name)
Paiste Signature Cymbals:
14" Heavy Hi Hats or
14" Sound Edge Hi Hats (smaller venues)
22" Power Ride
20" Power Ride (smaller venues)
18" Power Crash x 2
16" Power Crash
18" Full Crash
17" Full Crash
17" Fast Crash
Cympads depending on stage size, use of LED screens etc.
I also use a Roland TD20 'Expanded' in our studio.
Thanks for the endorsements
Promark Sticks (5A)
Shure in ears monitors into...
Behringer mixing desk
1 x LP tambarine Brass
1 x LP tambarine Nickel
1 x LP Rock Cowbell
Rock N Sock Throne (w. back support) Grey
Yamaha/Tama - Hard Ware
Roland SPDX (For song: Invisible)
Roland TD20X - Home studio
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