Bono released from hospital, but 16 dates on U2’s North American tour postponed until 2011
First the good news: Bono has been released from the hospital after back surgery to address injuries the U2 singer sustained during preparations for their upcoming North American tour, and “the prognosis is excellent.”
Now the bad news: Because of a lengthy recovery time (estimates are at least eight weeks), Live Nation has confirmed that 16 of U2’s North American tour dates for 2010 have been cancelled and will be rescheduled in 2011. These dates run from Salt Lake City on June 3 to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19.
However, we’ve also received reports that Ticketmaster has been sending email alerts to people who purchased tickets to the June 20 show at Qwest Field that the show has also been postponed. We’ll continue to keep you up to date as we get more information.
Click “More” to read the official statement from U2.
Statements on the surgery and tour rescheduling from the U2 Web site:
Regarding the rescheduled dates:
“Tour promoters Live Nation have confirmed that the 16 U2360° shows from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th, will be rescheduled for 2011. U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring, said, ‘Although we understand the disappointment to U2 fans, first and foremost comes the recovery of Bono.’ Additional details on rescheduled dates will follow shortly and fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets. We’ll have all the information on U2.com as soon as it’s confirmed.”
A statement from U2 manager Paul McGuinness:
Paul McGuinness said, ‘Our biggest and I believe best tour has been interrupted and we’re all devastated. For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow. He feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience. Which is of course nonsense. His concerns about more than a million ticket buyers whose plans have been turned upside down, we all share, but the most important thing right now is that Bono make a full recovery. We’re working as fast as we can with Live Nation to reschedule these dates.’
Details on the surgery, the injury, and the recovery program:
From Professor Tonn at Munich’s LMU University Hospital, where the surgery took place last Friday: ‘Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit. The prognosis is excellent but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation’.
U2’s Glastonbury appearance is also canceled: