Bono Says He Might Never Play Guitar Again


Following his November bicycling accident in Central Park, Bono, U2’s frontman, said that he might never play the guitar again. Bono, 54, has not been recovering from his injuries as quickly as he had hoped he would, and in a recent message he wrote from his home in Dublin, Ireland, he declared “it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again.”

After tumbling off of his bicycle, Bono said he blacked out on impact. He added that the accident was his fault, and he does not remember how he wound up in New York Presbyterian Hospital with one of his humerus bones protruding through his leather jacket, according to a report by the Columbus Dispatch.

He called his injury, which resulted in his arm being broken in six places, as being a “Very Punk rock,” one. He is expected to recover fully from his injury, stating he just has “to be rebuilt by May 14,” the date when U2 is going to begin touring starting in Vancouver, British Columbia. However, if his arm still has not healed up enough for the frontman of U2 to play his guitar, he might just sing during the tour.

The other band members of U2 joked with Bono, but in a supportive way, by saying that if he is never able to play the guitar again, life, the band, and the tour can still go on. There is nothing wrong with his voice, so he can still sing, even if he is not able to play the guitar. He wrote that they told him that “neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.”

The Edge is the lead guitarist for U2, and Bono acknowledges that his excellence at playing the guitar is on par with Jimmy Page; but, if Bono never plays the guitar again, he wrote that he would “miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my … Gretsch.” He also mentioned that neither Jimmy Page nor The Edge ever had to try playing the guitar with “a titanium elbow.”

As a result of the cycling accident, Bono suffered numerous injuries, besides his fractured arm. He also fractured his shoulder blade and his left eye socket. After going through hours of surgery, he now has a titanium elbow.

In the lengthy 6,000+ word blog message that Bono wrote to his fans and posted on January 1, he also referred to U2’s last album, Songs of Innocence, as “a bottle of milk dropped at the door of anyone interested in music and iTunes.” It was meant to be a gift to the band’s fans, but many people who do not particularly care for U2’s music felt it was more like a burden to them than a gift.

One other medical condition that Bono wrote about in the post was his glaucoma. That is why he wears tinted glasses. It is a medical condition that he thinks he might have had for possibly 23 years.

Even being able to move around the stage like he used to might be difficult, at first, for Bono, as he wrote that he has not been able to move around much since the cycling accident. If he somehow manages to play the guitar again, and be ready for the upcoming tour this spring, Bono wrote it would take a lot of concentration. Will he ever play the guitar again, and if so, will he be able to play in time for the Songs of Innocence Tour beginning in May? If anyone can accomplish this task, Bono can.

Written By Douglas Cobb

Columbus Dispatch
Tulsa World
Photo by Matthias Muehlbradt – Flickr License

One Response to "Bono Says He Might Never Play Guitar Again"

  1. admoni   January 3, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Does this means he will no longer pay any income taxes anywhere in the world?….Oh….wait.


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