1. http://ca.reuters.com/article/idCATRE64K3WL20100521

    CANNES, France (Reuters) - U2 lead singer Bono has undergone emergency surgery on his back in a Munich hospital after being injured while preparing for the next leg of the band's world tour, a spokesperson said Friday.

    The 50-year-old from Ireland had been preparing for the North American leg of the "360 Degree" world tour which is due to kick off in Salt Lake City on June 3.

    "Bono has today undergone emergency back surgery for an injury sustained during tour preparation training," his spokesperson said.

    "He was admitted to a specialist neuro surgery unit in a Munich hospital.

    "Bono will spend the next few days there, before returning home to recuperate. Once his condition has been assessed further, a statement will be made regarding the impact on forthcoming tour dates."

    After North America, the tour was scheduled to travel to Turin in Italy on August 6. It was not immediately clear how badly the injury would disrupt the group's tour.

    The tour earned around $109 million in 2009, according to music journal Billboard, making it the world's most lucrative, and the publication also predicted it would end up being the highest-grossing tour in history.

    By some measures the band, with hits like "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Where the Streets Have No Name," is the world's most successful. They have sold more than 150 million records, according to unofficial estimates.

    (Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Steve Addison)

    "The band were really looking forward to getting back out on the road until the emergency surgery on Bono's back, which took place in Munich today. We were due to start rehearsals on Tuesday in Salt Lake City and get the show ready for the next leg. There were gonna be some changes and some new material. It's unfortunate that we're inconveniencing fans. We will make plans to reinstate these dates as soon as possible. Obviously, it's been very disruptive for our crew, as well; we have over 400 people converging on Salt Lake City, and some of them have been turned around and told to stay at home until we make our new plan. We hope to get things resolved as soon as possible. Keep watching U2.com and you'll get the information as soon as we can get it out to you. Signing off, this is Paul McGuinness."

  2. I considered it might be important enough to open a new topic to discuss it.

    Comments, valorations, bitching, prayers, swearings..... Let it all flow in this topic.
  3. As ive posted already - 'opening night' has been postponed as a result
  4. http://www.u2.com/news/title/salt-lake-city-postponement/

    Originally posted by [bU2.com[/b]]Following Bono's unexpected back surgery earlier today, Live Nation confirmed that the U2 U2360° tour launch previously scheduled for June 3rd in Salt Lake City has been postponed.

    U2 fans with tickets to the June 3rd event are encouraged to retain tickets until updated show information can be provided.

    Additional tour information will be forthcoming.
  5. Ooohhh shit... Hope he'll be alright.. That shows that they were rehearsing though B-Man will pull through
  6. That's terrible news !
    I hope he gets better soon, not just for the shows, but for himself
  7. Oh this just makes me sick. Unbelievable. Are they just going to pack up this stage and skip SLC altogether? I can't think of any other possibility.

  8. Originally posted by gng007:Oh this just makes me sick. Unbelievable. Are they just going to pack up this stage and skip SLC altogether? I can't think of any other possibility.

    There'll probably be an update in a few hours, they told people to hang to there tickets so there might be a chance. Don't hold your breath though.
  9. Scratch that, they probably will end up taking it down.
  10. Would unfortunately be the most logical decision to skip SLC...
  11. That sucks. Hope he gets all better soon!