Tuesday, May 25, 2010

U2 Cancels Edmonton Concert Including 16 Others..

U2 has just confirmed through Live Nation that the band is cancelling 16 of their U2-360°North American concert dates, including the Edmonton show on June 23, due to Bono's back injury.

On Friday, Bono had emergency spinal surgery from a injury he appeared to have suffered at band rehearsals in Munich.

Joerg Tonn, the neurosurgeon treating the star, described Bono’s condition as a “sudden onset disease” which caused temporary partial paralysis. The injury happened while the singer was training in preparation for the tour.

“He was already in severe pain with partial paralysis of the lower leg. The ligaments surrounding the disc had an eight millimetre tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had travelled into the spine canal.

“The surgery was the only cause of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis. Bono is now much better with complete recovery of his motor-deficit.

“His prognosis is excellent but to obtain a sustainable result he must now enter a period of rehabilitation.”

Bono has been told to recuperate for at least eight weeks and band manager Paul McGuinness, speaking to Reuters outside the Munich hospital where the operation was performed on Friday, said the 50-year-old singer “feels awful” about the tour changes, which will affect over a million fans.

The shows cancelled are shows from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jersey's Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th, which will be rescheduled for 2011.  Bono will try and resume his tour in Turin, Italy on August 6.

Edmonton ticket holders are being told to hold on to their tickets as a Edmonton show will still happen, but not until next year.  More details will be posted as they become available.