When U2 singer Bono injured himself during a “cycling spill” in New York’s Central Park on Sunday, causing the band to postpone its weeklong residency on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, not many details were revealed. Now, the singer’s doctor has described the injuries that will “require intensive and progressive therapy.”
While the singer was riding his bike through Central Park on Sunday, he tried to avoid another rider which caused a “high energy bicycle accident,” according to doctors. He was then rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Emergency Department where he underwent “multiple X-rays and CAT scans” and surgery.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD, states, “[Bono] was taken emergently to the operating room for a five-hour surgery Sunday evening where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws.”
The doctor confirms that the Irish singer suffered numerous serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” a left shoulder blade “fracture in three separate pieces,” and “left compound distal humerus fracture where the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces.” He had another surgery on Monday to “his left hand to repair a fracture of his 5th metacarpal.”
Lorich did not state how long the singer would need to recuperate, but did state a “full recovery is expected.”
“Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it.”
U2 made the announcement about the Tonight Show postponement late Sunday on their website stating, “It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time – we’re one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.”
The last minute cancellation left the show without a musical guest so Fallon and the house band, The Roots, filled in on Monday night. Fallon sent sincere well wishes to Bono before stating, “The show must go on” as he began putting on Bono’s signature grey taxi hat and sunglasses that were left during rehearsals. Fallon then took to a makeshift stage in his best Bono persona and performed a sensational version of the band’s 1988 hit, “Desire” with The Roots.