Bono: I May Never Play Guitar Again

He reflects on bike accident in blog post
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2015 9:11 AM CST
Bono: I May Never Play Guitar Again
In this July 20, 2011 file photo, Bono, right, and Adam Clayton, from the rock group U2, perform in concert as part of U2’s 360 Tour at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

In a very long New Year's Day blog post, Bono revealed yesterday that he may have to put down his guitar for good after his traumatic bike accident in November. "Recovery has been more difficult than I thought," he writes under the section "I IS FOR IRISH PRIDE" (the post itself catalogs his year A to Z). "As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again." He adds that he would miss it, but points out that the titanium elbow he has now (image appears in the "X IS FOR X-RAY" section) might make things difficult. "The consequences of this freak accident are significant enough that I will have to concentrate hard to be ready for the U2 tour in fitness terms," he continues. "As a result I have cancelled every public appearance and decided this missive is all the communication I can manage for the first half of 2015, beyond muttering and singing to myself of course."

He also talks about the accident itself: "On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday. I promised myself I would be more mindful of my limits, but just four years on, it happened again—a massive injury I can't blame on anyone but myself, mainly because 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." Read the lengthy post here; quips Bono, "If you do get to the end of it then you are probably on the same painkillers as me." (More Bono stories.)

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