U2 Back On Stage
Their first gig since Bono’s injury includes new song, Glastonbury...
U2 have played their first gig since Bono injured his back in May. The performance at the Stadio Olympico in Turin, Italy on 6 August included three new tracks, one of which is called Glastonbury Festival after Bono injured his back during rehearsals. He underwent emergency spinal surgery in Munich and was ordered to rest for eight weeks. Gorillazreplaced U2 on the line-up but just this week, Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis confirmed he had asked the band to headline next year’s event.
The 50-year-old frontman was in fine form during their comeback gig, jumping across the stage as they performed hits including Beautiful Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday and Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, which U2 haven’t performed live in over 10 years. Two other new tracks debuted at the Turin concert were a ballad called North Star and the show opener, Return Of The Stingray Guitar.
During the gig, Bono thanked fans for their support during his rehabilitation. “This band is like a family. It's a family business, U2. I am the prodigal son. I would like to thank my brothers for their patience.”
Speaking backstage before the performance, U2’s manager Paul McGuinness admitted Bono was still working on his recovery. “That's a process that goes on all the time. The doctors are very confident. They certified him fit to perform. It's really a very short time for a spinal injury.”