Adam Clayton Discloses Larry Mullen’s Unrest Over U2 Drummer Change

U2 bassist Adam Clayton recently appeared on RTE Radio 1, where he shared his thoughts on the replacement of his bandmate Larry Mullen Jr.

Towards the end of last year, Mullen was ruled out of drumming for a year due to injuries to his elbows, knees, and neck; later to be revealed that he wouldn’t be able to play the drums if the band planned to tour in 2023.

The official statement was shared on the band’s website on February this year to note that Larry would be stepping away from performing duties for a while, so he could take the time needed to recover from surgery.

During the latest interview, Clayton spoke on behalf of his bandmate to reveal that he still wants to have a long career. He said:

“The whole band and I’m sure the audience are going to be very sad and miss Larry, but I think he is doing what Larry does, which is taking his health very responsibly. And he wants to come back, wants to be able to have a long career and continue his drumming.”

Bram van den Berg of Krezip will be taking the drummer’s place temporarily as he heals, and according to Clayton, Mullen approves of Berg taking his place:

“So, he is taking care of those injuries. He is very much behind the idea of us going on stage with Bram. I’m sure for him, and I mean Larry, it is a difficult moment to know that your band is going on stage and you’re not with them. Larry needs to get his health back together again. Bram has bravely taken the seat; he’s put in the hours, learning the tunes, and I think it’s going to be a pretty fearsome band.”

Mullen made it clear that his body is physically not what it used to be and shared his longing for the audience and the interaction.

The band’s tour ‘U2: UV Achtung Baby’ tour is scheduled to start on September 29 for 17 shows at Las Vegas’ new MSG Sphere. See the dates here.