The bicycle accident Bono had in New York City's Central Park last November may have put an end to his days of playing guitar.
The 54-year-old U2 frontman has revealed the extent of the injuries caused by the fall, which caused him to black out and wind up "in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket."
In a detailed recap of the year posted on the band's website, Bono says he's currently on painkillers and unable to move around physically. In addition to his arm, he says he also broke his shoulder, hand and part of his face. So great was the damage that he admits he may never play guitar again.
"Recovery has been more difficult than I thought," he says. "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.
To better focus on his health in time for the May 14 kickoff of the band's next tour, Bono says he has canceled every public appearance for the "first half of 2015." For fun, he also posted an X-ray of his new titanium elbow.
Bono's new titanium elbow. (Photo: Bono/U2)
According to WebMD, patients who undergo elbow replacement surgery can typically expect six to 12 weeks of limited function. A full year of recovery is sometimes necessary, with the joint, unfortunately, never as good as before the surgery.
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