U2, Bono Return Following Canceled Concert

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Bono, during U2’s performance of “I Will Follow” in Cologne, Germany, September 4, 2018

Three days after they were forced to cancel their concert in Berlin, Germany on Saturday night (September 1) when their lead singer, Bono, “suffered” what the band described in a statement as “a complete loss of voice,” U2 returned to the stage on Tuesday (September 4) in what was their tour’s next scheduled concert.

Based on several fan videos taken at the concert, Bono’s voice sounded great.

The 23-song set at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, part of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour, marked the band’s return following what was described as “a complete loss of voice,” during their performance of “Beautiful Day” on September 1 at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena.

At the time, Bono had been struggling with his voice, and he apologized to the audience. “Something has happened… and I think we cannot go on. It’s not right for you. I’m sure it’s not a big, big problem but I’m going to have to do something. We’ll play another show for you some other time.” (Watch the song and Bono’s speech below.)

On September 4 in Cologne, Bono showed no ill effects of what had ailed him at the previous concert.

Watch U2 perform “I Will Follow” in Cologne

It was after performing “Beautiful Day” on September 1, that Bono told the Berlin audience he couldn’t continue. Watch U2 perform the song on September 4 in Cologne

Watch “Pride (In the Name of Love)” on September 4

Watch Bono’s speech on September 1 when he apologized to the Berlin crowd

The European leg of the extensive tour, with roughly four shows each week, has dates through November 10. Tickets are available at their website or here. Thanks to U2gigs.com for the great clips.


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