Bono has no idea if he'll ever play guitar again. In a blog post looking over 2014, the U2 frontman writes about family, friends, fans and the release of the band's Songs of Innocence, and he reflects on the Central Park bicycle accident that left him with a severely broken humerus in November.
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.
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.
The 54-year-old singer fell off his bike while trying to avoid another rider on November 16. He had to undergo at least five hours of surgery for his humerus and received a titanium elbow. He fractured his face around his eye and a should blade in three separate pieces. His humerus was driven through his skin and the remaining bone was in six pieces. In his blog post, he shared an x-ray photo of the titanium in his arm.
U2 was scheduled to play a week-long residency on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," but had to cancel their appearance. Bono writes about this too:
"The pain of my bike accident didn't compare with the disappointment of cancelling a week hanging out on his show. He made it worse by being a better Bono than I could ever be."
Bono also said that he blames himself for the injury, writing, "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. Very punk rock as injuries go."