Bono Says He May Never Play Guitar Again; Continues Rehab Ahead of Tour

Paolo PellegrinThe good news is, Bono's sense of humor is intact following his bicycling injury last November.  But if we needed any further reminder of how serious his injuries were, Bono says he doesn't know if he'll ever again be able to play guitar.

"Recovery has been more difficult than I thought," the singer reveals in a post on U2's website.  "As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again," though he adds, "The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this."

Bono was cycling in New York's Central Park November 16 when he collided with another cyclist, resulting in what he describes as "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.”

“I broke my hand, my shoulder, my elbow and my face but the real injury this year was to my Irish pride as it was discovered that under my tracksuit I was wearing yellow and black Lycra cycling shorts," Bono confesses. "Yes, LYCRA. This is not very rock 'n' roll."

Bono also confirms he'll be keeping a low profile for a while as he continues rehab and prepares for the band's upcoming, sold-out iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, which kicks off May 14 in Vancouver, BC. 

"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," writes Bono.  "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."

Bono's comments are part of a much longer essay titled "LITTLE BOOK OF A BIG YEAR: Bono's A to Z of 2014," posted now on

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