U2 Pushes U2360° tour, Bono in Post-surgery Recovery
With U2 front man Bono still in recovery after an intensive back surgery, they are left with no choice but to push back the dates for the upcoming North American leg of their U2360° tour which was originally planned to kick off in Salt Lake City, UT on July 3 and will supposedly conclude with a show in New Jersey on July 19.
In a statement sent by the band’s manager Paul McGuinness, he says that this is a major “blow” for Bono, and that Bono “feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience”. McGuinness emphasizes though that Bono’s recovery is of utmost importance more than anything.
Efforts to reschedule the tour are now underway as the band works with event promoter Live Nation. More dates are also reported to be added to the itinerary. Live Nation advises fans to “hold on to their tickets” as the final dates and venues for the upcoming tour are being worked out.
Meanwhile, Bono is recuperating from an emergency spine surgery to treat complaints of severe back pains and lower leg numbness. It was found out that the singer has a compressed sciatic nerve which caused the paralysis of his left leg. Bono’s MRI scan also reveals a ligament tear in his spinal disc of about 8 mm wide, with disc fragments found by the surgeons in his spinal column during his surgery.
Bono is being attended by Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt and Professor Tonn from the LMU University Hospital in Munich. They released a statement saying that Bono’s surgery was successful and a thorough rehabilitation within the soonest possible time is their priority. Their target is to have Bono recover his motor skills in as fast as eight weeks which is the minimum time based on professional experience.
Another U2 appearance had to be cancelled due to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding Bono’s health – their appearance in the forthcoming Glastonbury Festival where they even penned a song especially for the musical event.
As posted on the band’s official website, Bono is “heartbroken” with the turn of events but promises to make a speedy and thorough recovery to do the thing that he loves most – performing live for all of the band’s fans worldwide.