U2 Cancels 3rd Leg of Tour & Glastonbury

This sucks for so many people – updates from U2.com and atu2.com below:

http://www.u2.com/news/title/north-american-leg-postponed

Speaking at the LMU University Hospital in Munich, Paul McGuinness has confirmed the postponement of 16 shows on the U2360° Tour from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th. Tour Promoters Live Nation are now rescheduling those dates.
Paul McGuinness said, ‘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. 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.’

from atu2.com

Posted: May 25, 2010
By: Sherry Lawrence
U2.com is reporting today that Bono has been discharged from Ludwig Maximilians-University Hospital in Munich. He is under strict doctor’s orders to begin a rehabilitation program and to take the next eight weeks recouperating for full recovery. U2.com quotes the doctors:
Dr Muller Wohlfahrt confirmed, ‘Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve. On review of his MRI scan, I realized there was a serious tear in the ligament and a herniated disc, and that conservative treatment would not suffice. I recommended Bono have emergency spine surgery with Professor Tonn at Munich’s LMU University Hospital on Friday.’
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’.
The doctors state that eight weeks is the minimum time needed, so it could take longer.
As a result, the entire North American leg of the U2 360 Tour has been postponed, as has U2’s apperance at the Glastonbury Festival. U2.com reports:
Speaking at the LMU University Hospital in Munich, Paul McGuinness has confirmed the postponement of 16 shows on the U2360° Tour from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th. Tour Promoters Live Nation are now rescheduling those dates.
Paul McGuinness said, ‘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. 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.’
Glastonbury’s organizers do not have a replacement for U2 yet. Glastonbury Festival’s founder, Michael Eavis, said, “It was obvious from our telephone conversation that U2 are hugely disappointed. Clearly, they were looking forward to playing the Pyramid Stage as much as we were looking forward to watching them. At this point, we have no comment to make about possible replacements for U2’s Friday night slot. Instead, we would simply like to send Bono our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.”
More updates to follow through U2.com in the upcoming days.

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One Response to U2 Cancels 3rd Leg of Tour & Glastonbury

  1. Darrell Childress says:

    Yes, I got my “Notification” (that was the subject of the e-mail) from TicketMaster this morning. It had the exact same info as you posted just now.
    No mention of the option of a refund, but there was a line which states, “Don’t worry, your original tickets will still be good for the new date”.
    My best wishes and prayers go out for Bono’s recovery and comfort (back pain is the worst!).

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