U2 tour off as Bono leaves hospital after op
BONO left hospital in Germany today after undergoing emergency surgery on his back, but the injury has forced U2 to postpone the entire North American leg of its world tour.
The band is also almost certain not to be appearing at Glastonbury, one of the biggest live music events of the pop calendar.
Band manager Paul McGuinness, speaking outside the Munich hospital where Bono has been recuperating since his treatment on Friday, said the 50- year-old singer “feels awful” about the tour changes, which will affect over a million fans.
“Clearly this is a serious injury and the recuperation time necessary to rehabilitate Bono is a big problem for the U2 tour and has unfortunately necessitated the postponement of 16 shows in North America,” he said.
“Those shows were to occur between June 3 in Salt Lake City and July 19 in Meadowlands Stadium.” The earliest possible date for Bono's return, according to the band's website, would be August 6 in Turin. U2 were to have been the headline act on the main stage at Glastonbury on June 25.
Bono's injury is a blow to the band and millions of fans who are hoping to see them this year on the second leg of their world U2 360 Tour.
Joerg Tonn, the neurosurgeon treating the star, described Bono's condition as a “sudden onset disease” which caused temporary partial paralysis. The injury happened while the singer was training in preparation for the tour.
“He was already in severe pain with partial paralysis of the lower leg. The ligaments surrounding the disc had an eight-millimetre tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had travelled into the spine canal.”