Set to launch their “U2 360° Tour” on June 3 in Salt Lake City, U2 officially postponed their tour at least through their July 19th show originally set for the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
U2 frontman Bono he underwent emergency surgery on Friday, May 21 following a back injury.
All shows will be rescheduled for 2011. In an official statement in the band’s site U2.com:
“Speaking at the LMU University Hospital in Munich, Paul McGuinness has confirmed the postponement of 16 shows on the U2360° Tour from Salt Lake City on June 3rd, through to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Stadium on July 19th. Tour Promoters Live Nation are now rescheduling those dates.
U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring, said, ‘Although we understand the disappointment to U2 fans, first and foremost comes the recovery of Bono.’
Additional details on rescheduled dates will follow shortly and fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets. We’ll have all the information on U2.com as soon as it’s confirmed.
Following news of Bono’s recuperation period from surgery, Glastonbury Festival have confirmed that the band won’t be able to perform their headline slot next month. Bono and Michael Eavis of Glastonbury spoke by phone this morning.
Said Bono: ‘I’m heartbroken. We really wanted to be there to do something really special – we even wrote a song especially for the Festival.’
Said Michael Eavis: ‘It was obvious from our telephone conversation that U2 are hugely disappointed. Clearly, they were looking forward to playing the Pyramid Stage as much as we were looking forward to watching them. At this point, we have no comment to make about possible replacements for U2′s Friday night slot. Instead, we would simply like to send Bono our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.’ “