Bono has emergency surgery in Munich


U2 lead singer Bono had emergency surgery on his back in a Munich hospital today after being injured while preparing for the next leg of a world tour, the first date of which has been postponed.

The 50-year-old pop star had been getting ready for the North American leg of the 360 Degree world tour which had been due to kick off in Salt Lake City on June 3rd.

Any lengthy disruption would be a blow both to fans and to Live Nation, the concert company which has a major deal to handle U2's merchandising, digital and branding rights as well as touring.

The band's website confirmed the Salt Lake City concert had been postponed.

Paul McGuinness, the group's manager, hinted that the injury could cause further postponements. "It's unfortunate that we're inconveniencing fans," he said. "We will make plans to reinstate these dates as soon as possible.

"Obviously, it's been very disruptive to our crew. We have over 400 people converging on Salt Lake City. Some of those have been told to turn around and told to stay at home until we make our new plan."

A spokesperson for Bono said the singer was admitted to a specialist neuro surgery unit in a Munich hospital.

"Bono will spend the next few days there, before returning home to recuperate," the spokesperson added. "Once his condition has been assessed further, a statement will be made regarding the impact on forthcoming tour dates."

After Salt Lake City, U2 are scheduled to play in Anaheim on June 6th and 7th followed by Denver on June 12th and Oakland on June 16th.

The 2009 tour helped the band earn about €88 million, according to music journal Billboard. The  360 Tour, so-called because fans surround a giant circular platform, has been predicted to become the highest-grossing tour in history.