U2’s Bono may never play guitar again

Published: January 3, 2015
Singer hopes he can be ‘rebuilt’ for the band’s Vancouver tour in May. PHOTO: REUTERS

Singer hopes he can be ‘rebuilt’ for the band’s Vancouver tour in May. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK: Bono, the frontman of the Irish rock group U2, who was injured in a cycling accident last year, said on Friday his recovery has not been easy and he may never play guitar again. In a blog on the group’s website, the 54-year-old rocker said he broke his hand, shoulder, elbow and face and described how he “blanked out on impact” during the cycling accident in New York’s Central Park, which he said he could not blame on anyone but himself.

“Recovery has been more difficult than I thought,” he said in the message written from his home in Dublin. “As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band has reminded me that neither they nor Western civilisation are depending on this.”

Bono, who included an X-ray of his elbow in the blog, said he did not remember how he ended up in hospital with the bone in his upper arm sticking through his leather jacket. “Very punk rock as injuries go,” he added.

Bono’s arm was shattered in six places. Doctors inserted three metal plates and 18 screws to repair the injury. He required hours of surgery and has had extensive therapy. But he is expected to make a full recovery.

Bono described the cycling spill as a “freak accident” and said the pain it caused did not compare with his disappointment in having to cancel U2’s weeklong appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He added that he will have to concentrate hard to be ready for the U2 tour that begins in Vancouver in May. “We have some extraordinary ideas up our sleeve for this tour I’ve just got to be rebuilt by 14th May.”

Bono also referred to revelations he made last year when he told a British talk show host that the reason he always wears his trademark sunglasses was that he has suffered from the eye disease glaucoma for two decades. He said the announcement was completely unintentional but added that if not treated, glaucoma can cause blindness. “I think anyone who reaches 40 should have their eyes properly checked,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 4th, 2015.

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