U2 have cancelled their US tour and headline slot at Glastonbury after singer Bono was told to rest for at least two months following emergency spinal surgery.
The singer said he was “heartbroken” after pulling out of the show, which had been booked to mark the festival's 40th anniversary.
Bono suffered a back injury last week and was discharged from hospital in Munich, Germany, on Monday. He has been told by doctors to undertake a rehab regime as well as resting for at least eight weeks.
The band have also been forced to postpone 16 shows on the North American leg of their U2 360 tour.
Bono called Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis on Monday to explain that the band would be unable to play.
He said: “I'm heartbroken. We even wrote a song especially for the festival.”
Mr 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.”
Dr Muller Wohlfahrt, who treated the star and recommended emergency surgery, said: “Bono suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve.
“On review of his MRI scan, I realised there was a serious tear in the ligament and a herniated disc, and that conservative treatment would not suffice.”
Professor Jorg Christian Tonn, who carried out the operation, said: “This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis.
“The prognosis is excellent but to obtain a sustainable result, he must now enter a period of rehabilitation.”