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Citing Bono's back injury, U2 postpones its American tour

Medium After hurting his back during concert rehearsals in Munich, Germany, Bono and U2 have been forced to postpone the sixteen dates on the band's summer American tour, including the two dates at Angel Stadium on June 6 and June 7, the band announced Tuesday morning. The band also canceled its highly anticipated performance at the Glastonbury music festival.

The band's manager, Paul McGuinness, explained Bono's decision via U2.com. "Our biggest and I believe best tour has been interrupted and we're all devastated," he said. "For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow. He feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience. Which is of course nonsense. His concerns about more than a million ticket buyers whose plans have been turned upside down, we all share, but the most important thing right now is that Bono make a full recovery. We're working as fast as we can with Live Nation to reschedule these dates."

Bono underwent emergency surgery on Friday, said the singer's doctor, Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt: "Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve. On review of his MRI scan, I realized there was a serious tear in the ligament and a herniated disc, and that conservative treatment would not suffice. I recommended Bono have emergency spine surgery with Professor Tonn at Munich's LMU University Hospital on Friday."

The statement continues:

Professor Tonn, who carried out the operation, added, "Bono was referred to me by Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt late last week with a sudden onset disease. He was already in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg. The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8mm tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal. This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis. Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit. The prognosis is excellent but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation."

Live Nation, which is promoting the band's "U2 360" tour, have confirmed that the band will reschedule the dates for 2011.  

-- Randall Roberts

Photo: U2 manager Paul McGuinness, left, and Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt. Credit: U2.com 

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Comments () | Archives (11)

Big deal. The most overrated band in the world. 25% talent, 25% hype and 50% politics!

Bono and U2 have been letting everyone down with their self righteousness and krap music for years.

Get well soon Bono!

Bono's back injury probably has something to do with carrying that big head of his around for so many years.

Get well soon Bono ! We all love you !! Take all the time you need to get better. We'll be waiting for you when you get back !

The Plitts,

Vancouver BC

Who cares... Last good U2 album was Achtung Baby and that was about 20 years ago!

I love Bono and all, and was really looking forward to the concert, but "postponing" the concert until next year and keeping the fans ticket money (earning interest) isn't right. Everyone that purchased a ticket should get a refund. We are already losing out on the air fare we paid to fly in to Chicago, now our ticket money is being held up too? Bono should do the right thing and refund the money to his loyal fans. If they want to go to his concert next year, they can buy tickets next year.

How many mistakes in this article?

1) It's not physician Muller-Wohlfahrt on the picture

2) U2 were not rehearsing in Munich

Shis. I bought the tickets 6 months ago and now im gonna have to wait another year?! Whatever, its U2, so it'l be worth it. Hope Bono gets better soon. Oh yeah, mark, diky, the bell and boomerang, if you dont have something nice to say, then shut the #%!$ up! U2 is awesome.

I am a Chiropractor in Reno, Nevada and I agree completely with the surgeons recommendations for Bono. The most important thing you can do to increase your chances of having a successful surgery is to perform all of the rehabilitation exercises. Spinal surgeries can lead to a tremendous amount of scar tissue formation around the delicate nerves exiting the cord, which can lead to years of chronic pain. Doing the prescribed exercises and stretches as recommended is the best way to control the process of scar tissue formation.

Certainly sounds like a surgical case.


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