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U2 have had to postpone tour dates after Bono injured his back

U2 have had to postpone tour dates after Bono injured his back

Rebecca Naden

U2 have had to postpone tour dates after Bono injured his back

U2 have had to postpone tour dates after Bono injured his back

Bono

Bono

U2 frontman Bono

U2 frontman Bono

Lead singer Bono in Croke Park, Dublin on the first night of U2's '360' world tour.

Lead singer Bono in Croke Park, Dublin on the first night of U2's '360' world tour.

Liam McBurney

A sold out crowd packs into Croke Park, Dublin to watch U2 perform the first of three concerts.

A sold out crowd packs into Croke Park, Dublin to watch U2 perform the first of three concerts.

Liam McBurney

Bono gets the crowd going in Croke Park, Dublin

Bono gets the crowd going in Croke Park, Dublin

Liam McBurney

Drummer Larry Mullen gives a smile to the camera as U2 perform live in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Drummer Larry Mullen gives a smile to the camera as U2 perform live in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

U2 concert at Paris Stade de France. 12/07/2009. Submitted by Nicolas Boulay, France

U2 concert at Paris Stade de France. 12/07/2009. Submitted by Nicolas Boulay, France

Bono and the Edge, during the first night of  their 360 degree tour in Barcelona

Bono and the Edge, during the first night of their 360 degree tour in Barcelona

FIONA HANSON

Claw blimey! Work continues on the revolutionary stage for the first of U2’s three gigs in Dublin's Croke Park

Claw blimey! Work continues on the revolutionary stage for the first of U2’s three gigs in Dublin's Croke Park

Brazilian U2 fans: Camila Ferreira, Carol Haddan, Josianne Moser and Gabriela Moresco before the U2 360 concert in Croke Park, Dublin.

Brazilian U2 fans: Camila Ferreira, Carol Haddan, Josianne Moser and Gabriela Moresco before the U2 360 concert in Croke Park, Dublin.

Gareth Chaney Collins

Adam Clayton (left) and The Edge from U2 playing at Croke Park in Dublin

Adam Clayton (left) and The Edge from U2 playing at Croke Park in Dublin

U2 play at Croke Park in Dublin

U2 play at Croke Park in Dublin

Fan Lisa McCrink from Newry

Fan Lisa McCrink from Newry

Adam Clayton of U2 performs live at Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Adam Clayton of U2 performs live at Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of their "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

Bono looks out at the fans in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of U2's "360 degree" world tour.

Bono looks out at the fans in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of U2's "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

The Edge performs live in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of U2's "360 degree" world tour.

The Edge performs live in Croke Park, Dublin on the 1st night of U2's "360 degree" world tour.

Liam McBurney

Claw -- the circular stage in Camp Nou, Barcelona

Claw -- the circular stage in Camp Nou, Barcelona

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou in Barcelona

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou in Barcelona

Dave Hogan

The Edge of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

The Edge of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

L-R The Edge, Larry Mullen, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

L-R The Edge, Larry Mullen, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Fans go mad as U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Adam Clayton of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Adam Clayton of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Fans of U2 prepare for the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Fans of U2 prepare for the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Larry Mullen of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2 perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Fans of U2 watch them perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Ba2rcelona, Spain

Fans of U2 watch them perform onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Ba2rcelona, Spain

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou

Bono of U2 onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou

Dave Hogan

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Bono of U2 performs onstage on the first night of their 360 tour held at Camp Nou on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Dave Hogan

U2 open their world tour in Barcelona

U2 open their world tour in Barcelona

U2 have had to postpone tour dates after Bono injured his back

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.”

Belfast Telegraph