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Bono: I May Never Play Guitar Again

What does this mean for U2's tour?

Sadie Gennis

Bono has revealed that he may never play guitar again following his November bicycle accident.

The U2 frontman was biking in New York City's Central Park when he tried to avoid another cyclist. He ended up breaking bones in his hand, shoulder, elbow and face. He underwent reconstructive surgery days after the accident and was forced to cancel several performances and appearances, including a week-long planned residency on The Tonight Show. He has since been undergoing intensive therapy.

"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," Bono wrote in a lengthy New Year's post on U2's website.

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"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," hecontinued. "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."

For now, Bono says he's just plans on concentrating on his recovery and preparing for U2's multinational tour, set to begin on May 14th. "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."

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