U2 Seattle Date Postponed

u2 U2 Seattle Date Postponed

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As announced earlier today, Live Nation has confirmed that the U2 360° North American Tour will be postponed until 2011. This includes the June 20 show at Qwest Field.

U2’s Bono has now been discharged from Ludwig Maximilians-University (LMU) Hospital in Munich where he underwent emergency surgery on Friday, following a back injury. In order to fully recover, he is under doctor’s orders to start a rehabilitation program and to recuperate for at least eight weeks.

Not such a beautiful day?

This will necessitate the postponement of 16 shows on the U2 360° Tour from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th.

Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt confirmed, “Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve.  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. I recommended Bono have emergency spine surgery with Professor Tonn at Munich’s LMU University Hospital on Friday.”

Professor Tonn, who carried out the operation, added, “Bono was referred to me by Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt late last week with a sudden onset disease.  He was already in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg.  The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8mm tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal.  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.”

Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt continued, “We are treating Bono as we would treat any of our athletes, and while the surgery has gone very well, the coming weeks are crucial for a return to full health.  In the next days, he will start a light rehabilitation program, with increasing intensity over the next 8 weeks.  In our experience, this is the minimum time.”

U2’s manager, Paul McGuinness, was also at the Hospital in Munich and said, “Our biggest and I believe best tour has been interrupted and we’re all devastated.  For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow.  He feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience.  Which is of course nonsense.  His concerns about more than a million ticket buyers whose plans have been turned upside down, we all share, but the most important thing right now is that Bono make a full recovery.  We’re working as fast as we can with Live Nation to reschedule these dates.”

U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring, also expressed, “Although we understand the disappointment to U2 fans, first and foremost comes the recovery of Bono.”

Additional details on rescheduled dates will follow shortly and fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets.


One Comment

  1. hinshaw jeffrey lloayd (sunshine) says:

    well never will ever be so clever as to hold my drivers photo id to you bono this onesw for ever you digging who you are and where you some day shall be just a memorie or a statue in your home town square on the corner of whajack lane cross the street and let the sidewalk wisper you away into the future and the presentley passing past in a thumbler glass whith wiskey and a pine apple twist there you are there you be some some some one what a backward bliss to be getting old like allott of trust we trusted in word and word was enough for you and me native pride apart titde
    starving people the gulf of mexico at war whith out a paddle whit out an oar dfownstreem up streem living laughing and loving in this dfay and age is a living day time dream its the child its the frozen glacer melting just like the ice melting in its wake is the forgotton the deed in trust in compleate untill the day you sing for the crumbs on thy table for the fable in best whishes to your recover eee y sincereley jeffrrey lloyd hinshaw

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