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U2 Concert at Qwest Postponed Until 2011

Bono’s recovering from emergency back surgery; concert to be rescheduled.

By Laura Dannen May 25, 2010

After undergoing spinal surgery on Friday, Bono’s expected to be in recovery for the next eight weeks.

Live Nation just confirmed that the Seattle U2 concert scheduled for June 20 at Qwest Stadium has been postponed until 2011, with fans encouraged to hang onto their tickets until the new date is announced.

U2’s lead singer Bono had to undergo emergency surgery in Munich on Friday after suffering a back injury; he’s expected to start rehab and need at least eight weeks to recuperate, which means concerts from June 3 in Salt Lake through July 19 at New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium have been postponed.

I typically don’t pull from press releases, but here’s what the docs supposedly said:

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."

There you have it. Live Nation is expected to update ticketholders with new concert info as it comes in. Until then, I guess we’re all stuck clicking on for news.

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