U2 manager Paul McGuinness said the superstar singer was deeply concerned he had badly let down more than a “million ticket buyers” as it emerged the band was postponing the North American leg of their tour and cancelling next month’s Glastonbury appearance.
The rock icon is now on doctors’ orders to start a rehabilitation programme and to recuperate for the next eight weeks at least.
Only emergency surgery saved the singer from possible paralysis after he injured his back during rehearsals for the second leg of the lucrative U2 360 Tour. Bono, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday, was yesterday discharged from the Ludwig Maximilians-University (LMU) Hospital in Munich, Germany, after undergoing the vital emergency surgery on Friday.
The two-month rehabilitation programme and rest means the postponement of 16 shows from Salt Lake City on June 3 through to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19. It has also ruled them out of playing next month’s 40th anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival. “I’m heartbroken. We really wanted to be there to do something really special — we even wrote a song especially for the festival,” Bono said on the band’s website yesterday