U2 frontman Bono suffered fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow after a bicycle accident in Central Park in November, but the singer revealed Thursday that the biggest blow may be to his musical career.
In a 2014 recap post on the band’s website, the singer admits that recovering from his accident has been more difficult than he imagined and that he will have to "concentrate hard" to be ready for the band’s upcoming tour, scheduled to kick off in May.
"As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again," wrote Bono. "The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this."
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The frontman takes a joking tone as he talks about his injuries, but laments having to cancel all public appearances since the accident and admits he would miss playing guitar. The Edge is U2’s lead guitarist, but Bono often plays in performances as well as while writing songs.
"I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch," Bono wrote. "Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I'm all elbows, I am."
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Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin filled in for Bono after his accident, when U2 took the stage to perform on World AIDS Day in December. See highlights from the performance in the video below.