U2 frontman Bono is unsure if he will ever play guitar again after suffering from severe injuries in a biking accident in New York’s Central Park on November 16th.
In a blog post entitled, Little Book Of A Big Year: Bono’s A To Z of 2014, posted on the band’s website on New Year’s Day, Bono shares some public and very intimate moments the band has endured over the past year including how he is recovering from those extensive injuries in preparation of the band’s upcoming ‘iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015′
“Recovery has been more difficult than I thought,” he states in the ‘I is for Irish Pride’ section of the post. “As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.
“As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again.”
“I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch. Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I’m all elbows, I am.”
As the lengthy post continues, Bono explains that their songs really come to life when they’re performed live.
“We don’t finish our songs, we just put them out. U2 is a live band. Live is where we live or die. The songs continue to grow night after night. We have some extraordinary ideas up our sleeve for this tour I’ve just got to be rebuilt by 14th May.”
iNNOCENCE + eXPEREINCE Tour 2015 kicks off May 14th in Vancouver performing between two and six dates per city through November 15th. Tickets for most dates are sold out, but multiple VIP packages are still available. More tour dates are expected to be announced.
“We’re going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two,” explains Bono, “and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience.”
Author: Buddy Iahn
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