U2 Tour on Hold: Bono Recuperating from Emergency Back Surgery

U2 frontman and anti-poverty activist Bono has returned home to Dublin after emergency back surgery performed in Munich just days after his 50th birthday. The band’s second phase of the mega-band’s 360 Degrees tour through the US scheduled to begin June 3 in Salt Lake City has been put on hold as he recuperates.

U2.com states that Bono was

admitted to a specialist neuro surgery unit in a Munich hospital, and is under the care of neurosurgeon Prof. Dr. Jorg Tonn and Dr Muller Wohlfahrt.

Over 400 hundred crew members and hundreds of thousands of fans in the US have put their concert plans on hold as Bono recovers.

For decades Bono has worked to alleviate poverty and eradicate HIV/AIDS in Africa. U2′s performance at the first LiveAid concert was a standout, and throughout the 80s the band also performed benefits for Amnesty International and to create jobs in Ireland, as well as recording songs for the very Special Christmas albums benefiting the Special Olympics. Since his father’s death, Bono has helped raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Bono cofounded DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade Africa) an African relief fund; ONE, a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease; and (RED), which partners with consumer goods to create jobs and raise funds to provide HIV/AIDS medication in Africa.

On their tours, the band stresses human rights and during their Elevation tour after 9/11 screened a memorial list of names of those killed.  To show thier support for New Orelans, the band played Super Bowl there. They rock, they are great guys and Godspeed to Bono for healing.

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