The initial reports of Bono having a bike accident while riding last Sunday in Central Park all focused on what a disappointment it must be to Jimmy Fallon that U2 would have to cancel a week-long residency on the late night US Tonight Show. Even U2’s own official press release made it sound like a skinned elbow.
Nothing could be further from the truth, as reported today in Friday Morning Quarterback music daily:
Bono‘s bike injury is apparently much more serious than originally thought. A surgeon who operated on Bono told Rolling Stone that the U2 frontman was in a “high energy bicycle accident” after avoiding another bike rider in Central Park on Sunday, and was in surgery for five hours after undergoing multiple X-rays and CAT scans. According to Rolling Stone, Bono suffered a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye, three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin.” A second surgery was needed on Monday to repair a fractured pinky finger. The surgeon added that the singer will “require intensive and progressive therapy” though “a full recovery is expected.”
Rolling Stone also revealed that U2 will release 11 short films inspired by their new album Songs Of Innocence. Films Of Innocence will be released December 9.