'It is not clear that I will ever play guitar again', Bono says

U2 lead singer Bono arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London on Nov 15, 2014. Bono has said that he may not ever play the guitar again after a cycling accident that left his severely injured. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
U2 lead singer Bono arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London on Nov 15, 2014. Bono has said that he may not ever play the guitar again after a cycling accident that left his severely injured. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

U2 frontman Bono has said that he may not ever play the guitar again after a cycling accident that left him severely injured.

In a long entry dated Jan 1 on his band's website, Bono wrote: "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".

The 54-year-old tock star was trying to avoid another cyclist when the accident occurred in New York last November. He broke his arm in six places and fractured his eye socket, hand and shoulder blade.

He then lets on that "recovery has been more difficult than I thought... As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again".

"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," he added.

He posted a photo showing an X-ray of his titanium elbow.

He also announced that he will be concentrating on recovery, and will not be making public appearances for the next six months.

"The consequences of this freak accident are significant enough that I will have to concentrate hard to be ready for the U2 tour in fitness terms… as a result I have cancelled every public appearance and decided this missive is all the communication I can manage for the first half of 2015, beyond muttering and singing to myself of course," he wrote.

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