U2’s frontman, Bono, appeared to be “visibly distressed” during the band’s Berlin concert on Saturday when he seemingly lost his voice just a few songs into the performance.
In a video posted on Twitter, Bono is seen apologizing to the audience before clearing his throat and then struggling to speak. Bono will be back and better than ever once he takes a much-needed rest to recover his voice.
“So sorry. Something’s happened,” says the 58-year-old singer in the video below.
“I think… I think we cannot go on. Something’s happened… I’m sure this is a big, big problem, I’m going to have to do something,” he continued, promising the band would return to Berlin to play another show.
Inviting concertgoers to leave if they like, he advises that he and the band are going to take a break “for 10 or 15 minutes, I’ll go and find out what’s happening.”
The power of #bono voice before it surprised him in #Berlin and left him abruptly…he was singing his guts out (per usual). @u2 @U2eiTour The crowd so felt for him as he with surrender was obviously powerless and vulnerable. He’s real and he’s human, too, like we all are. pic.twitter.com/f0Tl3hhuA2
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) September 1, 2018
U2 released a statement apologizing for the cancelled performance. The band say they have no idea what happened and are seeking medical advice.
“We’re so sorry for tonight’s cancellation. Bono was in great form and great voice prior to the show and we were all looking forward to the second night in Berlin, but after a few songs, he suffered a complete loss of voice,” the statement from Adam, Larry and Edge read. “We don’t know what has happened and we’re taking medical advice.”
“As always, we appreciate our audience’s understanding and all our fans’ support in Berlin and those who travelled from afar,” they added. “We will update you very soon.”
The next day, Bono revealed he had consulted with doctors and would be taking over two months to recover before resuming the tour.