U2's Bono May Never Play Guitar Again Following Bike Accident

In lengthy post on band's website, Bono reveals he now has titanium elbow.

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U2 singer Bono.
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U2 lead singer Bono acknowledged that he may never play guitar again following his November 2014 bicycling accident.

The 54-year-old rock icon crashed his bike in a "freak accident" in New York's Central Park, breaking his arm in six places and fracturing his eye socket.

"As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this," Bono wrote in a lengthy post on the band's website.

Bono additionally revealed that he now has a titanium elbow. "I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch. 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? I'm all elbows, I am."

"I broke my hand, my shoulder, my elbow and my face but the real injury this year was to my Irish pride as it was discovered that under my tracksuit I was wearing yellow and black Lycra cycling shorts. Yes, LYCRA," once again dispelling the rumors that he was dressed up as a Hasidic Jew at the time of the accident.

U2 posted a message on its website in November informing fans that Bono had an accident, writing, "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!..."