Editor Comment: We pride ourselves on being respectful of peoples rights to comment either good, bad or indifferent. I have been fielding emails from fans all day as a matter a fact all weekend. Interesting group of fans we are. I want to share with you the comments from the doctor and share some thoughts aft wards.
First we would like you to listen to the interview from The Edge on KROG (LA RADIO)
“We’re 95% confident that Bono will be back in time for our European leg. The doctors are saying minimum of eight weeks. Now, I know Bono, and we’re gonna have to chain him down to stop him from getting back out there. But we will endeavour to make sure that he doesn’t go back too soon, which would be the danger. So, yeah, I’d say mid-August we’ll be back.”
Professor Tonn, who carried out the operation, added, “Bono was referred to me by Dr. Muller Wohlfahrt late last week with a sudden onset disease. He was already in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg. The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8mm tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal. This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis. Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit. The prognosis is excellent but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation.”
When you read the first part of the doctors comments I think we all can get an understanding of how this could have been really bad for Bono. Or how really bad it was.
We all know that he has had back problems for years. Fans I too was bit disappointed with the idea of a pushed out tour. Its a costly nightmare for so many people.
This was the summer tour of the year for North America. Employed lots of people when people need work. Provided hope for those of us that want to keep Bono and the boys young in our hearts. I started the headline this afternoon with U2 Fans divided, because they really are.
I have gotten a couple hundred emails pissed off that the tour has been pushed out. Talking about their lose, their money, their time, their tickets and so on. Can I say this without losing readers? Can I ? Well fans. Its a concert !
That’s all ! As someone wiser than me once said, you need your health to spend your wealth. Clearly we are talking about a human life here. He has a family too. “to avoid further paralysis” Does this not make you think for a second?
Fans we will see our boys again and we will enjoy every song, every note and every step that Bono makes because of this time out that was needed to be taken. Can I ask that we turn our focus away from what we feel we lost to whats important. Tomorrow is another day.
Bono, on behalf of the whole U2TOURFANS family I wish you and your family well during your time of recovery and look forward to seeing you out on tour again when the time is right.