Bono suffered multiple injuries, stemming from a bike crash in New York. The bike accident left the singer with a fracture to his left eye socket, shoulder blade, left elbow, and hand. Due to this bicycle accident, Bono may never be able to play the guitar again. Bono released the following statement on the band’s website, “Recovery has been more difficult than I thought… As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again.” In a more humorous fashion, Bono added, “The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.”
Bono has had to undergo five hours of intense surgery. Doctors have placed three metal plates and eighteen screws in the fractured areas, in order to repair the damage. Currently, Bono is unable to physically move around, and he will be taking painkillers for weeks. Bono is concerned about his ability to be make a recovery before U2‘s upcoming tour. “The consequences of this freak accident are significant enough that I will have to concentrate hard to be ready for the U2 tour in fitness terms…as a result I have cancelled every public appearance and decided this missive is all the communication I can manage for the first half of 2015, beyond muttering and singing to myself of course.”
U2 has already postponed an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. They were planning to be on The Tonight Show for a full week. Metallic spent an entire 5 days on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and the Foo Fighters spent a weeklong residency on The Late Show With David Letterman. U2’s planned weeklong residency will have to wait.