Bono back after surgery, U2 predicts record tour

Fri Aug 6, 2010 6:40pm EDT
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By Ian Simpson

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - U2 frontman Bono burst back onto rock's center stage on Friday after a two-month absence for a back injury, as the Irish band resumed what its manager predicts will be the most lucrative concert tour in history.

U2 shook a packed Olympic stadium in the northern Italian city of Turin as Bono strutted, pranced, jogged and danced with little sign of being a 50-year-old rock star just 10 weeks off spinal surgery.

"I don't really know how to hold back, is the problem. You have to let the songs sing you at a certain point," Bono told Reuters just before relaunching the second leg of U2's 360 Degree Tour, so called because fans surround a giant circular platform.

U2 and Bono, who said he had done rehabilitation work for three to four hours a day, kicked off a rousing set with "Beautiful Day" and "Magnificent." They also played two new tracks called "North Star Acoustic" and "Glastonbury."

Bono thanked the cheering crowd for letters and emails he had received wishing him a speedy recovery.

"This band is like a family. It's a family business, U2. I am the prodigal son. I would like to thank my brothers for their patience," the leather-clad Bono told the crowd, referring to his bandmates.


The singer underwent emergency back surgery in May after injuring himself. His subsequent rehabilitation forced the band to delay the North American leg of the tour until 2011.   Continued...

<p>Lead singer Bono of Irish rock band U2 performs a concert at the Olympic stadium in Turin, northern Italy August 6, 2010. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini</p>