Briefly: U2 Postpones North American Tour

As we reported late last week, U2’s enigmatic frontman Bono underwent emergency back surgery after sustaining an injury during the band’s rehearsals for their upcoming world tour. While the surgery was a success, and the band was hopeful they’d be able to play their scheduled dates this summer, the eight weeks of rehabilitation attached to the recovery from the procedure have forced the Irish-rockers to postpone the North American leg of their tour, as well as their headlining appearance at the Glastonbury Music Festival. Here’s the official statement from the band…

Speaking at the LMU University Hospital in Munich, Paul McGuinness has confirmed the postponement of 16 shows on the U2360° Tour from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th. Tour Promoters Live Nation are now rescheduling those dates.

Paul McGuinness 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.’

We wish Bono a speedy recovery, and we know their fans will be eagerly awaiting the news on when the rescheduled shows will take place.

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2 Responses

  1. The headline should really state ‘U2 Reschedules” not “U2 Cancels” since those are two very different things. Even though the existing dates are off, they intend to reschedule instead of cashing in their insurance money.

  2. I don’t wish ill on anyone, and DO wish Bono a speedy recovery, but that press release makes it sound like Bono’s life is over. I have a hard time having THAT much sympathy for anyone with a bank account built upon sold out stadium tours. You’d think his work in Africa would allow him to put his own situation in perspective

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