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I was born in Matamata, New Zealand – Lawrence Paterson, but now everyone calls me Larry –  drumming by the age of 15 influenced by the sounds of classic hard rock and heavy metal made by bands such as Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and AC/DC. Several bands in New Zealand followed until by 1988 I relocated to the United Kingdom.

Once there I again spent years in several bands of different calibre and levels of achievement, drumming for the likes of thrashers Arbitrater in 1992 when they released the ‘Darkened Reality’ album. For a period of time I was ‘official helper and gear carrier’ for Cozy Powell and his drum tech Eddie Naughton during the writing and recording of the Black Sabbath ‘Forbidden’ album; working for a while as ‘backline security’ for Sabbath.


At Sabbath album writing in Wales

Getting to know one of my all time drum heroes left an indelible impression on me and a profound influence of my playing style and attitude to both music in general and metal in particular. Cozy was a good guy as was Eddie, without whom I wouldn’t have got involved with Sabbath and known Cozy. Cozy put me up for an audition with Peter Green as temporary replacement for when he was away with Brian May; an audition that I spectacularly failed because I hadn’t worked on my shuffle, just stuck to the blues of Rattlesnake Shake and that kind of thing. It was a good lesson and despite being upset at letting Cozy down, he could not have been nicer about it. I learned a lot from that and Cozy’s words of wisdom, chief of which was ‘sometimes your face just doesn’t fit a band – but you gotta give it a go’.
Sadly both Cozy and Eddie are no longer with us and I still miss them both.

Eddie and Coy photographed during the Brian May tour.

Eddie and Cozy photographed during a Brian May tour.

Over the years since my arrival in the UK, I have played in several notable bands, including Chokehold (who released three albums, appeared on Channel 4 television and toured with Saxon who were uber cool to us) and Blaze Bayley with who I did two studio albums, a live double album and DVD following tours throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Eire, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Brazil, Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and Greece between 2007 and 2010. It was a great time while it lasted 🙂

Onstage with Blaze Bayley, Z7, Switzerland

Onstage with Blaze Bayley, Z7, Switzerland

A string of bands followed, some of which were definitely better than others (!), the last UK band was part of was I.C.O.N, after temporarily filling in at times when they were between drummers. We released ‘The Blacklist’ and toured with Operation Mindcrime, Anvil and Udo Dirkschneider and had a blast (apart from the Udo tour giving me pneumonia as we weren’t allowed dressing rooms at most dates). Since then I’ve moved to Italy in 2017. Music took a back seat for a while, but with 2019 it is back to the front…

Castellaneta 2018

I authored a book on the Blaze Bayley band’s history entitled ‘At The End Of The Day’, which was published originally in 2009.  This is actually now my eighteenth book as I’ve been writing about a totally different kind of Heavy Metal:  since 2000 I’ve written non-fiction histories of the Second World War – mainly the U-boat and S-boat service – inspired largely by a lifelong interest in the Second World War and working as a Scuba instructor, which included a couple of years diving the wartime wrecks off France. I taught diving in the UK, Grenada, Cyprus, Malta and France and after having taken a few years out from it, am back teaching sometimes in Italy.

I VERY proudly endorse the following equipment and organisations:
Mapex drums and hardware; Wincent Drumsticks; Paiste cymbals; Aquarian Drumheads; The Music Shipping Company (Kidderminster); Duallist Pedals; Hardcase cases; Best Tronics Cables; Dreadmeister custom drum and bike parts.