Bono Says He May Never Play Guitar Again


U2 frontman Bono is still unable to play guitar since a bicycle accident last November, in which he suffered multiple fractures on his face, arm, shoulder and left hand.

Bono says two of his fingers remain numb and won’t extend, making him uncertain that he’ll ever be able to play guitar again.

“It’s not looking good,” he says. “I’m embarrassed talking about it. It’s just a bummer if you like playing guitar.’

The 55-year-old cofounder of U2 says the group’s guitarist, The Edge, has told him him needs to start taking better care of himself.

“Edge says I look upon my body as an inconvenience,” Bono says. “I guess that's going to have to stop.”

Bono also admits that he let 12 years pass between throat checkups. During the group’s recent shows in Boston, he visited a surgeon, who was horrified to learn it had been that long since the singer’s last checkup.

“He said, ‘Doesn’t your living depend on that? Do you not think that’s a bit odd?’” Bono recalled in an interview with Q magazine. “I said, ‘Yeah, I think that might be a bit odd.’ I shall change.”

U2 are currently touring behind their 2014 album Songs of Innocence. The Innocence + Experience Tour concludes November 15.