U2’s Bono Reveals He May Never Play Guitar Again After Bike Accident


U2 singer Bono with arm in a sling

Bono is still recovering from his November bike accident in New York City, revealing he fears he may never play guitar again.

The 54-year-old rocker summed up 2014 in a post on the band’s website.

Bono revealed the injuries he sustained in November include multiple fractures and breaking his arm in six places.

The singer explained his “humerus bone was left sticking out through his leather jacket”. Yikes!

He explained, “Recovery has been more difficult than I thought… 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.  I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch. Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I’m all elbows, I am.”

U2 singer Bono opens up about injuries

In his post, the musician joked that he made the “discovery that I am not an armored vehicle. Edge says I look at my body as an inconvenience…The problem, as I see it, is that I think my head is harder than any other surface”.

Fans were curious just how the accident happened and he tried to explain.

Bono wrote, “On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday.

“‘I promised myself I would be more mindful of my limits, but just four years on, it happened again—a massive injury I can’t blame on anyone but myself, mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go.

“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.”

Bono and The Edge from U2 at the BBC

Bono also paid tribute to his wife of 32 years, Ali Hewson, who has had a full plate of her own.

He revealed, “Ali’s father, Terry, had a series of heart attacks at the same time as I crashed my bike in Central Park. They don’t compare but Ali has carried a lot of water for us two men.”

Bono also wrote about his band’s recent album Songs Of Innocence, which was automatically downloaded to Apple devices in the autumn, sparking much controversy.

This is crazy to us but we guess some people will find anything to complain about.

Bono explained, “Our album was to be like a bottle of milk dropped at the door of anyone interested in music and iTunes.  As I understand it, the journey from the front door to the fridge and into what to some people felt was their bowl of cereal has something to do with a switch called “automatic download” — if you turn it on, you sign up for being pushed stuff.

“That’s about it…no flagrant abuse of human rights, but very annoying to people who a) like being annoyed, and/or b) felt it was like someone robbing their phone in the pub and taking a couple of photos before leaving it back on the table… some kind of breach of privacy which was really not intended.”

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