By Brian Ives

In a new interview with The New York Times, the members of U2 discuss their upcoming tour and the effects of Bono‘s near-cataclysmic bicycle accident from last year.

Bono told the Times on the topic of his accident, “I really used to think that my head was harder than any surface it came in contact with, and I don’t anymore. I didn’t come off a Harley-Davidson. I came off a push bike and smashed myself to bits. There is no glory here.”

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The article notes that Bono can use his left hand to hold a microphone, but not to play guitar. “It feels like I have somebody else’s hand,” the frontman said, noting that he can’t bend his fourth finger or his pinky, and that part of his hand also doesn’t move yet. “But they say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it’s coming back…The shoulder’s better, the face is better.”

He won’t be able to play guitar on the band’s upcoming Innocence + Experience tour, but thinks it’ll be OK. “They don’t seem to mind,” he said, referring to his bandmates.

Bono has also been writing new songs, according to the article, sometimes with the help of a guitar player to play along with him.


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