U2's "With or Without You" does not apply to Bono. The band announced this past Sunday that they are canceling a well-publicized gig because the lead singer will be unable to make the show.
The Irish rockers were scheduled to play a weeklong residency at The Tonight Show, but have backed out on account of a recent injury that Bono suffered. The singer, 54, is undergoing surgery after getting into a bike accident in New York City's Central Park.
"It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time – we're one man down," the Grammy winners said in a statement on their website. "Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding."
The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. will not promote the band's new album Songs of Innocence without the star. The record famously made its debut this past September as a free, surprise inclusion with iTunes — a move some customers were less than thrilled with.
The lead singer later apologized for the forced download of the album, saying in a Facebook Q&A last month, "I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing: [a] drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn't be heard. There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it."
It's been a tough time for Bono. The "Invisible" performer had another scare just days before his "spill" in Central Park. On Wednesday, Nov. 12, the private plane he was on in Europe lost a door. The piece of equipment broke off, and Bono lost much of his luggage that was in the plane's affected compartment.
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