U2 frontman Bono has undergone emergency back surgery at a hospital in Germany, a manager for the group said. Due to the hospitalization, the first date of their tour has been postponed.
The 50-year-old singer, whose real name is Paul Hewson, was injured while preparing for the group's tour. According to a statement on U2's website, Bono is being treated by neurosurgeon Dr. Joerg Tonn and Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt.
"Bono will spend the next few days there, before returning home to recuperate,'' the statement read. "Once his condition has been assessed further, a statement will be made regarding the impact on forthcoming tour dates.''
Paul McGuinness, the band's manager, said in an MP3 posted on the website on Friday (May 21) that because of the injury, U2's 360 Tour stop on June 3 in Salt Lake City has been postponed. After that date, the band was scheduled to play in Anaheim, California, on June 6 and 7, followed by Denver on June 12 and Oakland, California, on June 16. There's no word whether other dates have been canceled.
Bono had recently told The Associated Press that sales of the group's latest album, No Line on the Horizon, have been somewhat soft, which made for U2's lowest-selling CD in more than a decade. The band also has said that the massive tour has yet to break even due to the enormous production costs of setting up and designing the 170-ton, $40 million stage.
"We hope to get things resolved as soon as possible," McGuinness said.
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