In a lengthy blog post on U2's official website, frontman Bono has revealed that the injuries he sustained in a November cycling accident may prevent him from playing guitar for the rest of his career.
"Recovery has been more difficult than I thought... As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again," he wrote. "The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this."
Bono's accident occurred while he was cycling in New York's Central Park. His injuries, which required five hours of surgery, included a facial fracture, three separate shoulder fractures, and a broken elbow, requiring doctors to implant a titanium replacement.
Even without its legendary frontman, U2 has continued performing over the past several weeks; at a recent event for World AIDS Day, Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin stepped in as substitutes. --Scott Meslow