Bono Still Can’t Play Guitar Months After Bike Accident: Details

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Bono still cannot play guitar after getting injured in a bike accident Pierre Suu/French Select/Getty Images

Still fighting. Months after he got into an ugly bike accident in New York City's Central Park, Bono has yet to regain his full functionality from before the fall. 

The U2 frontman, 54, revealed in a new interview with The New York Times that he is unable to play guitar as a result of the injuries he suffered. The Irish musician underwent surgery this past November, getting his arm treated at a Manhattan hospital. 

"It feels like I have somebody else's hand," Bono told NYT, pointing out his curved fourth and fifth finger and injured hand to a reporter for the newspaper. "I can’t bend these, and this is like rigor mortis. But they say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it's coming back."

While Bono added that "the shoulder's better, the face is better," he went on to show the parts of his forearm and elbow that are "all numb" and now supported by titanium. 

"I really used to think that my head was harder than any surface it came in contact with, and I don't anymore," he explained to NYT. "I didn't come off a Harley-Davidson. I came off a push bike and smashed myself to bits. There is no glory here."

The Grammy winner's bike accident took place in early November, when he attempted to swerve to avoid another rider and ended up in a scary crash. He was in New York City with U2 to play a weeklong residency on The Tonight Show, but the band was forced to cancel the gig as a result of Bono's need to recover. 

The veteran musicians are playing shows once again, readying their worldwide Innocence + Experience Tour, but Bono himself will be sticking to the microphone and avoiding his guitar. 

"This is the hard bit because I can’t play guitar," he told NYT, going on to add of his three bandmates, "They don’t seem to mind."

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