The U2 frontman was operated on last Friday and has been recovering in a hospital outside Munich. Band manager Paul McGuinness told Reuters that the singer “feels awful” about the tour changes, which will affect over a million fans.
“Clearly this is a serious injury and the recuperation time necessary to rehabilitate Bono is a big problem for the U2 tour and has unfortunately necessitated the postponement of 16 shows in North America,” he told the news agency.
The shows were to occur between June 3 in Salt Lake City and July 19 in New Jersey. The earliest possible date for Bono’s return, according to the band’s website, would be August 6 in Turin, Italy.
The decision to cancel this part of the tour could prove a blow to Live Nation which has a 12-year deal to handle merchandising, digital and branding rights as well as touring for U2.
Joerg Tonn, the neurosurgeon treating Bono described his condition as a “sudden onset disease” which caused temporary partial paralysis.
He is now much better with complete recovery of his motor-deficit, the surgeon said.
“His prognosis is excellent but to obtain a sustainable result he must now enter a period of rehabilitation,” Tonn added.