Bono Discharged From Munich Hospital Following Surgery
U2 North American Tour Dates Postponed
May 25, 2010 at 8:44 AM (PT)
LIVE NATION has confirmed that the U2 360° NORTH AMERICAN Tour will be postponed until 2011. The postponement was due to an injury that landed BONO in a MUNICH hospital (NET NEWS 5/24).
U2's BONO has now been discharged from LUDWIG MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL in MUNICH where he underwent emergency surgery on FRIDAY, following a back injury. In order to fully recover, he is under doctor's orders to start a rehabilitation program and to recuperate for at least eight weeks.
This will necessitate the postponement of 16 shows on the U2 360° Tour from SALT LAKE CITY on JUNE 3rd, through to NEW JERSEY’s MEADOWLANDS STADIUM on JULY 19th.
Dr. MULLER WOHLFAHRT confirmed, "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."
U2's manager, PAUL MCGUINNESS, was also at the Hospital in MUNICH and 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."