U2 cancel Berlin show after Bono loses his voice

BERLIN • Irish rock group U2 were forced to cut short a concert in Berlin before thousands of fans after performing only a few songs when lead singer Bono lost his voice.

"We're so sorry for tonight's cancellation," the group said in a statement on their website about last Saturday's night show.

"Bono was in great form and great voice prior to the show... but after a few songs, he suffered a complete loss of voice. We don't know what has happened and we're taking medical advice."

It was the second and last concert by the group in the German capital as part of their Experience + Innocence tour.

After the first few songs, Bono appeared to have a problem with his voice. Several times, the 58-year-old stopped singing to drink from a thermos flask. He finally announced that he could no longer continue.

The audience will be able to return for another U2 concert at a future date.

"As always, we appreciate our audience's understanding and all our fans' support... We will update you very soon," the statement said.

At the first Berlin show last Friday, Bono condemned the recent far-right violence in the German city of Chemnitz.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2018, with the headline 'U2 cancel Berlin show after Bono loses his voice'. Print Edition | Subscribe