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05.26.10 - 17:07 - By: Antje Nevermann


Reha instead of Rock: U2 singer Bono has to cut down in the next weeks. ©Brantley Gutierrez

Glastonbury Festival | U2

U2 cancel Glastonbury

U2 won't be onstage as the headliner at the 40th anniversary of the renowned Glastonbury Festival on June 25th. The Irish super group also had to postpone their US Tour, planned from June on, to 2011. The reason: Bono's back injury. During the rehearsals for the "360°" Tour the frontman had injured a spinal disk of the lumbar portion of his spine. The consulted physician, sport and celeb medic Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, advised an emergency operation, since he was already experiencing paralytic symptoms in his leg aside from the pain. Even though Bono was released from the successful operation in the Munich Clinic Großhadern only four days later, the U2 frontman is now out of commission for another eight weeks at least, so that he can recuperate fully in a rehab program.

"My heart is broken", Bono says in a press release. "We really wanted to perform in Glastonbury and do something absolutely special there - we even wrote a song just for the festival." U2s performance would've marked the first gig ever of the band in Glastonbury.

As of now, an adequate replacement for the Friday evening slot hasn't been announced by the organizers.



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