Bono has revealed he may never be able to play the guitar again after he was badly injured in a cycling accident.
In a lengthy post on the band’s website the U2 frontman told how his children were invited into the home he grew up in by the current owners when they decided to pose outside for a mock band photo.
Bono, who is still taking strong painkillers, suffered fractures to his left shoulder blade when he crashed to the ground while bike riding in New York.
He also fractured a little finger, and various injuries to his ‘funny bone’, caused a tear through the skin and fractures in six places.
‘I broke my hand, my shoulder, my elbow and my face but the real injury this year was to my Irish pride as it was discovered that under my tracksuit I was wearing yellow and black Lycra cycling shorts,’ he wrote on the band’s website.
‘Yes, LYCRA. This is not very rock ‘n’ roll. Recovery has been more difficult than I thought.
‘As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.
‘I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch. Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes.
‘But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I’m all elbows, I am.’
The 54-year-old had to undergo an intensive five-hour operation following the accident.
He had three metal plates and 18 screws inserted into his body as well as fracturing his eye socket.
In his posting, entitled a ‘Little Book of a Big Year: Bono’s A to Z of 20, he reveals how he’s been forced to cancel ‘every public appearance’ in the first half of 2015.
‘This missive is all the communication I can manage…beyond muttering and singing to myself of course,’ he said.
He has been given strong medication to ease the pain, with doctors advising him to stay as still as possible to allow his back to heal.
‘These Percocets (painkillers) are pretty perky until they are not… you are in a kind of fluffy land floating till you wake the next morning with a bump,’ he said.
He also revealed how, just before Christmas, his four children called up to 10 Cedarwood Road,which is where he grew up, to do a ‘piss-take band photo’.
‘When the current owner photo bombed my kids by making funny faces at the window, they nearly jumped out of their southside skins” he said.
‘She had no idea that these kids had any connection with No. 10, but invited them into our old family house anyway.
‘And my old bedroom. And into our old bathroom where their dad used to sneak back in to the house late at night through the little window.
‘There are some truly spontaneous great spirits in the world and the Ryans living in that house are definitely among them.’