Bono's Back Surgery Postpones U2 Tour

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New leg of the 360 Tour was set to kick off in Salt Lake City on June 3.

By Kelley L. Carter, MTV

U2 frontman Bono has undergone emergency back surgery at a hospital in Germany, a manager for the group said. Due to the hospitalization, the first date of their tour has been postponed.

The 50-year-old singer, whose real name is Paul Hewson, was injured while preparing for the group's tour. According to a statement on U2's website, Bono is being treated by neurosurgeon Dr. Joerg Tonn and Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt.

"Bono will spend the next few days there, before returning home to recuperate,'' the statement read. "Once his condition has been assessed further, a statement will be made regarding the impact on forthcoming tour dates.''

Paul McGuinness, the band's manager, said in an MP3 posted on the website on Friday (May 21) that because of the injury, U2's 360 Tour stop on June 3 in Salt Lake City has been postponed. After that date, the band was scheduled to play in Anaheim, California, on June 6 and 7, followed by Denver on June 12 and Oakland, California, on June 16. There's no word whether other dates have been canceled.

Bono had recently told The Associated Press that sales of the group's latest album, No Line on the Horizon, have been somewhat soft, which made for U2's lowest-selling CD in more than a decade. The band also has said that the massive tour has yet to break even due to the enormous production costs of setting up and designing the 170-ton, $40 million stage.

"We hope to get things resolved as soon as possible," McGuinness said.

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I would like to send well wishes and a speedy recovery to Bono. We had bought tickets to the Anaheim Concert for our sons High School Graduation which he has earned. He has come along way to succeed in all his required studies, having Cerebral Palsy and depending on a wheelchair to get around in. He loves the group U2 and will be looking forward to seeing them in-concert when Bono has made a full recovery. Take care and we will be anixously awaiting to hear when the new date is set for the concert....Sincerely, Wendy

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