It’s been over a month since Bono’s serious bicycle accident, yet it is still unclear when he will perform again.
On Nov 16th, the leader singer of U2 was cycling in New York’s Central Park when he was involved in a high energy bicycle accident, while attempting to avoid another biker. The collision resulted in various injuries, including multiple facial fractures, three fractures of his shoulder blade, and a fracture in his left humerus bone that required three metal plates, 18 screws and five hours of surgery.
While Bono is expected to fully recover, it will require intense physical therapy. According to Dr. Armin Tehrany, leading orthopedic surgeon at Manhattan Orthopedic Care, “The good news is that Bono is expected to make a full recovery, and whether these injuries will affect his tour will simply depend on how long that recovery takes. Personally, I feel that he has a good chance to continue on tour.” You can watch the extended version of Dr. Tehrany’s thoughts here.
Since the accident, Bono has largely kept to himself. U2 canceled their weeklong residency on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. However, the band still performed in Times Square for World Aids Day on Dec. 2, with Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen filling in for the front man. At the end of the show, Springsteen acknowledged Bono’s absence by saying, “I want to send this one out to Bono in Ireland. Be well my friend.”
The band also had to cancel their appearance on KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas Concert on Dec. 14, as a result of Bono’s ongoing recovery. They were replaced by No Doubt, who lead a chant of “Get Well Bono,” during the concert.
Perhaps as a result of his increasingly good health, Bono was spotted for the first time since his surgery on Dec. 16 in his hometown of Dublin.
Even as the exact timing of his recovery remains uncertain, the band is continuing with their plans for their sold- out 2015 “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour, which kicks off this May.