When news broke that Bono has been in a solo bicycle accident back in November, many thought that it was nothing but a scrapped knee that was being made into a bigger deal than it should have.
Turned out, the injury for the U2 frontman was a lot more serious than the run-of-the-mill bike boo-boo which would result in the 54-year-old undergoing surgery.
It’s been a while since the surgery, and now in a retrospection of 2014, Bono has revealed that the injuries he sustained may result in him never being able to play the guitar again.
“Recovery has been more difficult than I thought,” wrote Bono. “As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again.”
Though he writes that “it is not clear,” chances that his should injury may not allow a guitar to be strapped to it for long periods of time is looking bleak.
The day of the bicycle accident, the singer had been on a “high power energy” ride in Central Park. He ended up with a fractured left eye socket, a fractures shoulder-blade, a fractured elbow and a fractured hand.
“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.”
As the post warns, it’s a long read (and if you make it to the end, you might be on the same medication as Bono), but it does a thorough recap of the year from Bono’s perspective.
In it, he talks about everything from missing out on his week-long residency with U2 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to the disaster that was the release of Songs of Innocence to each band and family member and what they mean to him.
One thing that will now be question is how prepared Bono is going to be for U2’s massive “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” world tour slated to begin in mid-May. Many of the show have been sold out since tickets were announced which resulted in more dates being added.
Is Bono going to be in good health when May comes around? Will a fifth member be added to the band to play guitar on the songs Bono plays guitar on?
Those are just two of the questions, at present time, that we have.
But, it appear Bono is taking it all with a little bit of humor. In the post, he joked about not being able to play the guitar any longer.”The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.”
Respect for having a sense of humor.