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Bono writes about accident and recovery

By | Published on Monday 5 January 2015


Bono has provided some more information about his recent bicycle accident in amongst a rather long end-of-year missive in which even he concedes that “if you get to the end of [this] then you are probably on the same painkillers as me”.

As previously reported, while you might have amused yourself back in November imaging Bono tumbling off his bike in New York’s Central Park, especially after The Edge indicated he was dressed as a Hasidic Jew at the time, the poor U2-meister actually hurt himself rather bad.

In his review of the U2 year he refers to the “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”.

He goes on: “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. Yes, LYCRA. This is not very rock n roll”.

Revealing that there are likely to be more cancellations of public appearances as a result of accident, he adds: “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… 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”.

And there could be long-term impact, he says, noting: “Recovery has been more difficult than I thought… 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. 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”.

So there you go. New year, new sensation. Feeling sorry for Bono. If only a tiny little bit. Though all that talk of leather jackets and lycra shorts makes it hard to believe he really was dressed up as a Hasidic Jew at the time of the crash. Which makes The Edge a liar. The bastard.