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U2 forced to cancel Glastonbury appearance

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Story by Jack Foley

U2 have been forced to pull out of Glastonbury following the emergency surgery to Bono, their lead singer, which took place over the weekend.

The surgery had to be undertaken on the lead singer to save him from possible paralysis after suffering an injury while training in preparation for the band’s forthcoming American tour.

Those dates, in the US, have also now been postponed.

Commenting on the injury and its subsequent medical procedure, neurosurgeon Joerg Tonn said: “The surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis.”

Bono must now spend the next two months recuperating but said in a statement that he is “heartbroken”.

The band were due to headline Glastonbury on June 25, 2010, in the middle of their 16-date North American tour, which was booked for June and July.

Paul McGuinness, U2’s manager, reiterated Bono’s comments and added that the group as a collective was “devastated” to be postponing the concerts.

“For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow,” he said. “His concerns about more than a million ticket buyers whose plans have been turned upside down, we all share, but the most important thing right now is that Bono makes a full recovery.”

Glastonbury’s organisers had spent years luring U2 to the festival… and their appearance was expected to be one of the highlights of the 40th anniversary of the event. They had even written a new song for the occasion.

Bono reportedly phoned festival organiser Michael Eavis on Tuesday morning to break the news personally.

Commenting afterwards, Mr Eavis told the BBC: “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.”

It is not yet known who Mr Eavis will line up to replace an act of U2’s size – but the search now begins for a suitable alternative.

U2’s North American dates will be rescheduled with fans urged to keep consulting the band’s website for further updates.