U2 Postpone North American Tour Dates
U2 at the Rose Bowl, October 25, 2009
Well, we have good news and bad news for all you U2 fans.
The good: Bono has been discharged from the Ludwig Maximilians-University (LMU) Hospital in Munich where he underwent emergency surgery on Friday after a back injury.
The bad: U2's North American U2 360° tour dates have been postponed until 2011.
We called it last week, too. When U2 announced that their Salt Lake City date was off, we figured there was no way the band was going to make it to Anaheim a mere three days later. Read the medicalese from Bono's doctors after the jump.
According to a Live Nation press release, Bono is under a doctor's orders to start a rehabilitation program and to recuperate for at least eight weeks. The band postponed 16 shows, from Salt Lake City on June 3, through to New Jersey's Meadowlands Stadium on July 19. Additional details on rescheduled dates will follow shortly; ticketholders should keep their tickets and visit U2.com for updates.
Below, some quotes from Bono's doctors for hardcore fans (quotes from the Live Nation press release):
Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt: "Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve. On review of his MRI scan, I realized there was a serious tear in the ligament and a herniated disc, and that conservative treatment would not suffice. I recommended Bono have emergency spine surgery with Professor Tonn at Munich's LMU University Hospital on Friday."
Professor Tonn, who carried out the operation: "Bono was referred to me by Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt late last week with a sudden onset disease. He was already in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg. The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8mm tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal. This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis. 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."
Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt: "We are treating Bono as we would treat any of our athletes, and while the surgery has gone very well, the coming weeks are crucial for a return to full health. In the next days, he will start a light rehabilitation program, with increasing intensity over the next 8 weeks. In our experience, this is the minimum time."
Paul McGuinness (not a doctor, but U2's manager): "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."
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