Bono Released From Hospital; 16 Tour Dates Cancelled

bono3851 Bono Released From Hospital; 16 Tour Dates Cancelled

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First the good news: Bono has been released from the hospital after back surgery to address injuries the U2 singer sustained during preparations for their upcoming North American tour, and “the prognosis is excellent.”

Now the bad news: Because of a lengthy recovery time (estimates are at least eight weeks), Live Nation has confirmed that 16 of U2’s North American tour dates for 2010 have been cancelled and will be rescheduled in 2011.  These dates run from Salt Lake City on June 3 to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19.

2010 tour dates:
http://www.u2.com/tour/index/#tix

Statements on the surgery and tour rescheduling from the U2 Web site:

Regarding the rescheduled dates:
“Tour promoters Live Nation have confirmed that  the 16  U2360° shows from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th, will be rescheduled for 2011. U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring, said, ‘Although we understand the disappointment to U2 fans, first and foremost comes the recovery of Bono.’ Additional details on rescheduled dates will follow shortly and fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets. We’ll have all the information on U2.com as soon as it’s confirmed.”
http://www.u2.com/news/title/north-american-dates-will-be-rescheduled-in-2011

A statement from U2 manager Paul McGuinness:
Paul McGuinness  said, ‘Our biggest and I believe best tour has been interrupted and we’re all devastated. For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow. He feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience.  Which is of course nonsense. His concerns about more than a million ticket buyers whose plans have been turned upside down, we all share, but the most important thing right now is that Bono make a full recovery.  We’re working as fast as we can with Live Nation to reschedule these dates.’
http://www.u2.com/news/title/north-american-leg-postponed/

Details on the surgery, the injury, and the recovery program:
http://www.u2.com/news/title/bono-discharged-from-hospital
From Professor Tonn at Munich’s LMU University Hospital, where the surgery took place last Friday: ‘Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit.  The prognosis is excellent but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation’.

U2’s Glastonbury appearance is also cancelled:
http://www.u2.com/news/title/glastonbury-appearance-cancelled

Bono Discharged From Munich Hospital Following Surgery
U2 North American Tour Dates Postponed

(LOS ANGELES, CA) May 25, 2010 – As announced earlier today, Live Nation has confirmed that the U2 360° North American Tour will be postponed until 2011.
 
U2’s Bono has now been discharged from Ludwig Maximilians-University (LMU) Hospital in Munich where he underwent emergency surgery on Friday, following a back injury. In order to fully recover, he is under doctor’s orders to start a rehabilitation program and to recuperate for at least eight weeks.
 
This will necessitate the postponement of 16 shows on the U2 360° Tour from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th.
 
Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt confirmed, “Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve.  On review of his MRI scan, I realized there was a serious tear in the ligament and a herniated disc, and that conservative treatment would not suffice. I recommended Bono have emergency spine surgery with Professor Tonn at Munich’s LMU University Hospital on Friday.”
 
Professor Tonn, who carried out the operation, added, “Bono was referred to me by Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt late last week with a sudden onset disease.  He was already in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg.  The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8mm tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal.  This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis.  Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit.  The prognosis is excellent, but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation.”
 
Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt continued, “We are treating Bono as we would treat any of our athletes, and while the surgery has gone very well, the coming weeks are crucial for a return to full health.  In the next days, he will start a light rehabilitation program, with increasing intensity over the next 8 weeks.  In our experience, this is the minimum time.”
 
U2’s manager, Paul McGuinness, was also at the Hospital in Munich and said, “Our biggest and I believe best tour has been interrupted and we’re all devastated.  For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow.  He feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience.  Which is of course nonsense.  His concerns about more than a million ticket buyers whose plans have been turned upside down, we all share, but the most important thing right now is that Bono make a full recovery.  We’re working as fast as we can with Live Nation to reschedule these dates.”
 
U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring, also expressed, “Although we understand the disappointment to U2 fans, first and foremost comes the recovery of Bono.”
 
Additional details on rescheduled dates will follow shortly and fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets.  Please visit: http://www.U2.com <http://http://www.u2.com/&gt;  for ongoing tour updates.

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE-LYV) is the largest live entertainment company in the world, consisting of five businesses: concert promotion and venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and artist management.  Live Nation seeks to innovate and enhance the live entertainment experience for artists and fans: before, during and after the show.  In 2009, Live Nation sold 140 million tickets, promoted 21,000 concerts, partnered with 850 sponsors and averaged 25 million unique monthly users of its e-commerce sites.  For additional information, visit http://www.livenation.com/investors http://www.livenation.com/investors

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