U2 Frontman Bono: Bike Crash Means I May Never Play Guitar Again

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U2 frontman Bono has revealed he may never be able to play guitar again after a cycling accident in New York. In a 6,000-word message on the band's website posted late Thursday, the Irish star said: "Recovery has been more difficult than I thought... As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again." In keeping with the often tongue-in-cheek tone of the note, he added: "The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this."

After the crash in November, U2 gave few details of Bono's bicycle crash other than to say it happened in New York's Central Park and that Bono's arm required surgery. In his New Year's note, the 54-year-old — real name Paul Hewson — provided more details on his injuries. He said he had broken his hand, shoulder, elbow "and my face," and woke up in "New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket." His surgeon Dean Lorich told Rolling Stone that the singer had undergone five hours of surgery in which doctors used three metal plates and 18 screws. Lorich said the crash was a "high energy bicycle accident" in which Bono tried to avoid another rider.


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