Bono feared permanent injury

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 May 2010
U2 frontman Bono

U2 frontman Bono

Bono feared he would end up spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair after suffering a slipped disc in his back, his bandmate The Edge has revealed

Bono feared he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair after injuring his back.

The frontman - who suffered a slipped disc while preparing for the group's upcoming 'U2360' tour - put off seeking treatment for the ailment for so long he panicked when he was told how serious the condition was.

His bandmate The Edge told The Sun newspaper: "Luckily, he did realise, when he could no longer walk, that he needed to go to the doctor. Had he not done anything about it, it could have been serious and possibly permanent. He just overdid it and hurt himself. He was clearly in shock about the implications of the injury."

Despite the disappointment of having to pull out of headlining next month's Glastonbury Festival and the postponement of all their North American tour dates, the guitarist thinks the imposed time-off will be good for the singer.

The Edge added: "This is probably the most rest Bono will have had in decades. Knowing him, he'll want to take some short cuts and get ahead of himself."

U2

The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

Manchester Arena

Fri 19 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 20 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

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