“Our biggest and I believe best tour has been interrupted and we’re all devastated. For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow,” said the band’s manager Paul McGuinness in an issued statement. “He feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience. Which is of course nonsense. His concerns about more than a million ticket buyers whose plans have been turned upside down, we all share, but the most important thing right now is that Bono make a full recovery. We’re working as fast as we can with Live Nation to reschedule these dates.”
The singer called organiser Michael Eavis personally this morning to tell him they wouldn’t be able to play.
The performance was set to be the Irish band’s debut at the event.
Bono said in a statement today: “I’m heartbroken. We really wanted to be there to do something really special – we even wrote a song especially for the festival.”
Bono had emergency surgery on his back on Friday, and although he has now been released from hospital in Munich, his doctor says he needs a minimum of 8 weeks to recover.
So U2 have confirmed the rumours, and are going to pull out of this year’s Glastonbury Festival due to the Bono’s bad back, which was operated on this past weekend. While the Quietus has every sympathy with Bono’s medical predicament, surely the U2 singer can take heart from many of the other musicians who have triumphed over medical adversity to make sure the show goes on. Here’s some notable examples…