Robust concert allays fears for singer


THERE WERE no backflips or somersaults but U2 singer Bono still managed to throw himself around a bit on stage in Turin last night. It was U2’s first show back since the singer’s emergency spinal surgery last May, which led to the band cancelling the North American leg of their 360 degree tour.

Looking fit and toned, Bono (50) didn’t look restricted in his movements at the Stadio Olimpico as the band put in a robust performance. Showcasing a number of newly written songs including North Starand Flowering Rose Of Glastonbury, the setlist drew from most of their albums in what was a greatest hits-style show.

The fact that Bono is standing, swaying and swivelling again will come as good news to the hundreds of thousands of ticket-holders for upcoming U2 shows. This European leg – which doesn’t feature any UK or Irish dates – runs until October. Some South American/Australian dates are rumoured for early next year before the rescheduled North American dates next summer.

The band missed what would have been their first ever Glastonbury appearance last June.