U2 cancel US tour after Bono suffers back injury

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U2 have canceled their entire summer tour of America after frontman Bono suffered a serious back injury while pre-paring for the tour in Munich. The band’s second American leg of their “360” stadium tour, which was scheduled to open next week in Salt Lake City but included no stops in New England, will now take place in 2011. According to the band’s official website, additional details on rescheduled dates will be announced shortly and fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets.

Bono underwent emergency back surgery last Friday in Munich for an injury sustained while preparing for the tour. He was discharged on Tuesday but he is under doctor’s orders to start a rehabilitation program and to recuperate for at least eight weeks.

“Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve,” explained Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt on the band’s website. “On review of his MRI scan, I realized there was a serious tear in the ligament and a herniated disc, and that conservative treatment would not suffice.”

Professor Tonn, who carried out the operation, added, “This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis. Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit. The prognosis is excellent but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation.”

Though Bono is expected to recover in time for the band’s tour of Europe starting in August, U2 will no longer perform at the Glastonbury Festival in England next month.

Meanwhile, for U2 fans looking to get their fix of the “360” tour, the band will release a the live DVD U2360° At The Rose Bowl next month. The show, which was originally streamed live via YouTube, was shot entirely in HD with 27 cameras.

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