Bono "fears he will never play the guitar again"

The 55-year-old rocker broke his arm in six places in a bike fall in New York's Central Park last November
Jennifer Maloney

U2 frontman Bono has revealed his chances of being able to play the guitar again are "not looking good" due to his "very punk rock" accident.

The 55-year-old rocker broke his arm in six places after falling from his bike in New York's Central Park last November.

He also sustained fractures to his face, arm, shoulder and left hand.

Bono, real name Paul Hewson, also revealed in the September issue of Q Magazine that two of his fingers still remain numb and still won't extend fully.

He said: "It's not looking good. I'm embarrassed talking about it."

In 2014, Bono revealed he had been living with the eye condition glaucoma for more than 20 years - and said it was the reason why he always wears sunglasses.

In 2010, the Dublin musician underwent surgery following a spinal injury and admitted he was almost left permanently damaged.

He said: "I nearly crippled myself - I was that close."

The rocker - who has four kids with wife Ali Hewson - also said he now realises he has to start taking better care of himself as he gets older.

Bono added: "'Ali says to me, 'Can't you take a hint? 'She says: 'You drive through life like a tank.' And it's true. Edge says I look upon my body as an inconvenience. I guess that's going to have to stop".

Speaking to the New York Times in April, the philanthropist explained he was still experiencing difficulties with his hand.
He said: "It feels like I have somebody else’s hand. I can’t bend these [fingers], and this is like rigor mortis. But they say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it’s coming back.

"'It’s all numb here, and this is titanium. The shoulder’s better, the face is better. But this is the hard bit because I can’t play guitar. They [the band] don’t seem to mind."

In January, Bono took his fans through his list of injuries on U2's website.

He recalled: "On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an over-compensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday.

"I promised myself I would be more mindful of my limits, but just four years on, it happened again - a massive injury I can't blame on anyone but myself, mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go."


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