Bono lays low


By Kathy McCabe

It was meant to be a short holiday with the family before the start of the final gruelling leg of U2's world tour.

But yesterday singer Bono was taking comfort from his wife Ali and their family, including sons Elijah and John, after the Irish supergroup put the Vertigo tour - including two sold-out Sydney dates - on hold due to the serious illness of one of the band's relatives.

As Bono and his family spent the day boating on Sydney Harbour, sympathetic fans speculated that the tour was halted by an illness affecting one of guitarist The Edge's children.

U2's international promoter The Next Adventure and local agent Michael Coppel said: "This action is unavoidable due to the illness of an immediate family member of the band."

TNA president Arthur Fogel said: "Any fan of U2 will realise that this decision has not been taken lightly.

"We will announce further details as soon as we have them."

Ten shows in Auckland, Australia and Hawaii, including the two Telstra Stadium gigs on March 31 and April 1, have been postponed.

Representatives of Michael Coppel Presents and the band's Australian record label Universal refused to confirm or deny reports about the nature of the illness or which band member's family was affected.

The postponement could cost many diehard fans thousands of dollars in non-refundable airfares and accommodation.

But even those fans were quick to post notices on U2-related internet forums expressing their sympathy for the band members and their families.

The Edge dedicated one of the band's recent Grammy wins to his eight-year-old daughter Sian, who it is believed was suffering a serious illness last year.

The Edge has four daughters and a son.

Several containers of staging and other production equipment for the massive outdoor extravaganza has already arrived in Australia. Mr Coppel yesterday confirmed American hip-hop superstar Kanye West, who was the major support act for the tour here, will go ahead with his own headlining shows.

Copyright © 2006 News Limited.


im devistated, gutted but at the same time wish sian and the edge and his family my love and prayers, will we see u2 tour oz ? i dont really know but i hope and pray with all my heart that they honor there fans

My thoughts and prayers are with the band and their families- whatever is going on is really not any of my business- I only pray that all will be well.
There are times when music must take a backseat- tours,records and all that comes with it. I dont hold U2 at fault if they never get around to ending the tour. They owe nothing at a time like this- not really even a detailed explanation. I rest and trust in the fact that they do love the fans and wouldnt do this without much thought and for a very good reason.
My love, respect and prayers are with all of them.
we love you guys!
God bless and keep you.

It's sad to hear a relative of U2's is i'll. My prayers & thoughts are with you at this time. I love U2. I wish whoever is i'll my get well wishes.
God bless.xxxxx

U2 are the best group in the world.

My thoughts and prayers are with the band and their families. I pray that whoever is ill will get better soon. I love you guys!

Here I was counting down the sleeps to the greatest concert when the news of the tour being postponed was released, I was just shattered (as I'm sure everyone else). Once we heard of the reason for the tour being postponed it put everything into perspective. My children and I want to send our prayers and deepest well wishes to The Edge and his family. We pray for a full recovery for his daughter.
Hopefully in the near future we will be lucky to see Bono and the Boys back in Australia. My love to all the Band. xxxxxx

i wish edge and the whole woprld will stand by me on this edge take care,god bless and wish sian a full recovery,the next time we hear medical drug we will think of you and youre family,stay safe tonight

I was very saddended to hear of the illness. If it is in fact The Edge's daughter, there could be no worse time for a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with them at this time. I concur wholeheartedly with all others who have written above, they are the best band in the world. I have been a die hard fan for 20 years, and when I finally got to see them live in November when they stopped by in Ottawa, it was one of the best moments of my life. They have given and have meant so much to all of us, we need to be behind them now in this stressful time. God bless.

My thoughts and prayers are with the edge and his family. May GOD keep you close. All of your fans are with you in thought,prayer and spirit everyday. Stay close to each other and be there for each other. You are not just a band you are a family. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND YOUR FAMILIES.

Hey boys, as a dedicated fan i cant ever remember a music world without u2 i have every cd dvd book ever released i recieved tickets to the u2 brisbane concert for my 21st birthday that was all i wanted and my dream came true, i cant wait for you guys to rock the house down in brisbane and will travel to whereever to see you guys live. The Edge hope your daughter gets well soon ill be thinking of you guys, my 9 month old daughter is already obsessed in your music she dances when it starts and crys when it finishs you guys are the best rock band ever!!! Good luck edge from a father with a daughter i can imagine what you are going through hope the future looks happier... from now to whenever i get to see you guys live i will never stop playing your amazing music. Good luck guys.

ps thx Bono for not leaving australia before confirming a return concert date you are a living legend.

see you in november guys... let the rock continue

my heart and thoughts are with The Edge and his family, and with the band, I really love you guys.

I am so sorry to hear of the illness of one of the children of the edge its sad to have to suspend such a phenomenal tour but obviously the health of a child takes presidence.
I pray for the guys and families of u2 and hope the rocking goes on forever a much desired fan to you.

One of the many times I have seen the band was the day Bonno's father died, how he managed to get through that show I don't know. I think being so far away from a sick child is impossible and unnessesary. Everyone will understand and everyone will know that when they do come back it will have been well worth waiting for. God bless all concerned.

Aloha from Maui Hawaii,

May your family be on the road to wellness. I have been a fan forever and now that I am a parent I can relate to the feeling of wanting to take the pain from a child. With all the love and support of close fam and friends the recovery will be good one. Please pass on my love, hugs and alot of kisses to your sick child. I know all will be well soon. Mahalo and Aloha Michelle

my heart and thoughts are with Bono Vox and his family, and with the band, I really love you guys.

You are an extoardinary and accompolished band with immense talent. Your performances are transcendent, remaekable, and amazing. It was such a joy seeing you for two nights consectively (in Detroit).
My prayers are for you daily as well as your families. May God richly bless you and yours always.
God will give you strength to continue. Only he can revive, restore, booster your zeal, renew and give you high-energy.
-Thank you

Hey fella's,
I know it might not mean much and it wont fix anything but I hope your familys are all healthy again soon and continue to grow up healthy. I am only 14 and I cant remember when I didnt like one of your songs. Your legends in my eyes and the eyes of millions so dont worry about the postponing the concert we all love you loads and will always be great fans. Good luck guys.
Love yas

Didn't anyone notice that Bono was able to give a poem about Samuel Becket's "Waiting for Godot" on March 30 at a centennial Becket festival? Samuel Becket (1906-1989) was a Nobel Prize winning Irish-born writer. Becket wrote this existentialist play in the late 1940s. He wrote it in both French and English.

If Bono is attending and speaking at festivals, it appears that Edge's daughter is on the road to recovery!!

I guess that U2 will now reschedule??? U2 was supposed to play here April 8th...Gee, he's out performing at a festival on March 30. It doesn't quite add up...does it?

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