The singer attempted “Beautiful Day” before leaving the stage. U2 cut short a performance in Berlin on Saturday night. The band later confirmed that frontman Bono had “suffered a complete loss of voice.” Video footage of the moment is below.
A statement signed by band members Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen and The Edge, said, “We don’t know what has happened and we’re taking medical advice.”
The band explained it happened early on in the set, “We’re so sorry for tonight’s cancellation. Bono was in great form and great voice prior to the show and we were all looking forward to the second night in Berlin, but after a few songs, he suffered a complete loss of voice.”
“As always, we appreciate our audience’s understanding and all our fans’ support in Berlin and those who travelled from afar. We will update you very soon.” The Mercedes Benz Arena venue, where U2 performed on Friday, August 31st and September 1st as part of its experience+innocence tour, tweeted, “Get well soon, Bono.”
— Mercedes-Benz Arena (@MBArenaBerlin) September 1, 2018
The band’s fan site Atu2 said on Twitter during the Berlin gig, “Bono said that he’s not quite sure what’s happened at the end of Red Flag Day. He’s clearing his throat. ‘I think it’s the smoke. I can promise you I have not been talking, but this is like a giant cigar – I’ve lost my voice and I don’t know what to do.'”
The fan site said on Twitter that the singer attempted “Beautiful Day” before leaving the stage. Here’s the video.
— atu2 (@atu2) September 1, 2018
Actress Ashley Judd commented on Bono’s performance on Twitter, saying, “The power of #bono voice before it surprised him in #Berlin and left him abruptly…he was singing his guts out (per usual).”
The band is on tour until November 10th and is next due to perform September 4 at a sold-out show in Cologne, Germany.
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