Bono may never play guitar again, as he addresses that and his injury in a lengthy blog titled, Little Book of a Big Year: Bono’s A to Z of 2014, published on U2’s website. It can be viewed as an open letter to his fans, and who knows how the future will look for Bono and U2 after his recovery.
His post is very personal, and very long, 6,000-words to be exact. Even Bono’s first sentence after the introduction reads, “This is too long.” However it seems the U2 frontman has a lot to get off his back.
Bono is currently bedridden, and recovering from his bike accident which he goes into detail about.
On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday. I promised myself I would be more mindful of my limits, but just four years on, it happened again – a massive injury I can’t blame on anyone but myself, mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket.
He claims the real injury wasn’t his broken bones, but instead his Irish pride.
I broke my hand, my shoulder, my elbow and my face but the real injury this year was to my Irish pride as it was discovered that under my tracksuit I was wearing yellow and black Lycra cycling shorts. Yes, LYCRA. This is not very rock ‘n’ roll.
Seeing the injury really is that bad, being he now has a titanium elbow, Bono might never play guitar ever again.
Recovery has been more difficult than I thought… As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.
I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch. 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.
Bono might never play guitar again, and even though the Edge is U2’s guitar player, it’s a sad fate for a musician to be deprived from playing their instrument. Even if you respect or don’t respect Bono, what do you think about the honesty of his words on his injury?
(Article by Dan Fallon, video from Newsy Entertainment.)