How Is Larry Mullen Jr.’s Health? U2 Drummer Has Been Absent

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What better way to celebrate St. Patrick rather than talk about the iconic Irish rock band U2? The group, which consists of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., has been releasing hits since they formed their legendary band back in 1976.

Their story takes on new light in a Disney Plus special Bono and the Edge: A Homecoming of sorts, with Dave Letterman.

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However, as the special reveals, the legendary band hasn’t actually had all of its original members as of late.

So what happened to U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr.? Fans were concerned about his health given the fact that he had not performed with U2 recently.

(L-R) Honorees Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr.
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Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr.

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Here’s an update on U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr.’s health.

In a post on the band’s website in February 2023, U2 mentioned that Larry would be stepping back from performing for a while, so that he could take the time needed to recover from surgery.

Larry previously stated in December 2022 to battle neck, elbow and knee pain, and planned to recover before playing again.

Larry joined his bandmates the previous month, in November 2022, when U2 was honored during the Kennedy Center Honors. However, he has not performed with the band since then.

Of course, what U2 fans want to know is this — when will Larry return to his rightful place as U2’s drummer? Who stepped in while Larry was recovering?

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Unfortunately, it is currently unknown when Larry will return to performing with his bandmates. He is not even introduced at all Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecomingbecause he was outside injured during the filming of a special documentary.

Drummer Bram van den Berg stepped in as Larry’s temporary replacement. However, everything the band has said so far indicates that Larry has every intention of returning to the stage once he recovers.

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U2, who will be performing a highly-anticipated show in Las Vegas this fall to launch a new venue called the Sphere, had this to say about Larry’s absence from the upcoming concert:

“It’s going to take everything we’ve got to get close to Sphere without our bandmate on drums,” they wrote in their February 2023 message, “but Larry joins us in welcoming Bram van den Berg who is a force in his own right. “

U2’s concert in Las Vegas will be the band’s first live appearance in four years (click here for more information on how to get tickets, which don’t seem to be on sale yet). The shows will feature songs from U2’s hit album Achtung Baby.

We hope Larry will be strong for the band during their next set of shows! I wish the legendary drummer a speedy recovery.

You can stream Bono & The Edge: A Homecoming of sorts, with Dave Letterman now on Disney Plus.


How Is Larry Mullen Jr.’s Health? U2 Drummer Has Been Absent

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