U2's Bono says he may never play guitar again

Fri Jan 2, 2015 4:27pm EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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 have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization 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."   Continued...

 
Lead singer Bono of the rock band U2 performs during the opening night of the North American leg of their 360 degree tour at Soldier Field in Chicago, in this file photo taken September 12, 2009. Bono, who was injured in a cycling accident last year, said on January 2, 2015, his recovery has not been easy and he may never play guitar again. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes/Files