Rocker Bono has been told to lie still for two months in order to recover from a freak bicycle accident in Central Park, New York last month (Nov14).
The U2 singer fractured his left arm and shattered his elbow and damaged his back and eye socket in the fall, prompting the band to pull out of a planned week of TV performances on The Tonight Show. Bono also had to axe his performance at a World AIDS Day concert in Times Square on Monday (01Dec14). He was replaced onstage by Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen.
Now, bandmate The Edge has given radio network KROQ an update on his pal's condition, confirming he is on the road to recovery in Dublin, Ireland, but it will be weeks before he's fit enough to appear in public, let alone perform.
The guitarist says, "He actually showed us an X-Ray a couple of days later, and it looked like a miniature of the Eiffel Tower was in his elbow.
"The same had to happen with a fracture of his pinky (finger); the joint there was totally messed up, so that needed a bone graft. And the most vulnerable was actually his upper back, the scapula, because they couldn't put any plates in there or they decided not to do surgery."
The Edge reveals Bono is undergoing physiotherapy "to keep the joints active twice a day", but adds, "He basically can't move for the next couple of months."
However, the guitarist doesn't seem too worried about his bandmate, joking, "We're kind of lucky he was wearing a helmet so he didn't actually break Central Park. He's made of tough stuff, and he's bouncing back."
Bono's injuries will keep the singer from taking part in KROQ's annual Almost Acoustic Christmas Show, which the band was set to headline. The singer is expected to be back at his best when U2 hit the road for a 44-date, 19-city world tour next summer (15) - the U2 Innocence + Experience Tour 2015 will begin in Vancouver, Canada in May and include four dates at the revamped Forum in Los Angeles and another four at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
The tour will also visit Italy, Sweden, Germany, Spain, France and the U.K.