Bono Still Can’t Play Guitar After His Bike Accident
U2 are busy gearing up for their Innocence + Experience tour — kicking off in Vancouver on May 14 — and they're ready to hit those arenas hard, despite the fact that frontman Bono is still dealing with injuries from his bicycle accident.
Speaking to the New York Times, who were treated to an inside look at the band's tour rehearsals, Bono revealed the extent of his injuries.
“I really used to think that my head was harder than any surface it came in contact with, and I don’t anymore," the Irish rocker told the paper. "I didn’t come off a Harley-Davidson. I came off a push bike and smashed myself to bits. There is no glory here."
Bono was seriously injured after falling off his bike in Central Park last November, fracturing his eye socket, shoulder, left hand and elbow. After the accident, he revealed that he may never play guitar again.
"It feels like I have somebody else's hand," he told the Times, pointing to his ring finger and pinkie. "I can’t bend these, and this is like rigor mortis," he said, gesturing to another part of his hand.
"But they say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it’s coming back," he revealed. "It’s all numb here, and this is titanium,” he said, referring to his forearm and elbow. “The shoulder’s better, the face is better."
But sadly, Bono still cannot pick up a guitar and play.
"But this is the hard bit because I can't play guitar," he revealed, though he quickly cut the sadness with his sense of humor.
"They don’t seem to mind," he joked, looking at his bandmates.
And neither will their audience. Fans will certainly hope that Bono returns to form soon, but they'll no doubt pack the countless arenas on U2's tour (many shows are already sold out!) You can check out all of the tour dates on the band's official website.
We wish Bono the best of luck in his recovery.
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