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Bono, U2 frontman, may never play guitar again

Bono says he now has a titanium elbow and may never play guitar again due to injuries suffered in a New York City cycling accident.

'It is not clear that I will ever play guitar again,' Bono says in website statement

Bono, of British rock band U2, performs at Glastonbury Music Festival in England. Bono says his titanium elbow may prevent him from playing guitar ever again. (Joel Ryan/The Associated Press)

Bono says he now has a titanium elbow and may never play guitar again due to injuries suffered in a New York City cycling accident.

The 54-year-old U2 frontman suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow, when he crashed his bike in Central Park in November. He required hours of surgery after what doctors called a "high-energy bicycle accident."

On the band's website Thursday, Bono said the "recovery has been more difficult than I thought. As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again."

...Does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now?- Bono, U2 frontman

He added that his bandmates — The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen — "have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this."

"I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my ... Gretsch," Bono wrote. "Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now?"

The Edge is U2's principal guitarist.

Bono said he hadn't "been able to move around physically" since the accident, and would "have to concentrate hard" to be ready for a U2 tour due to start in May.

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