Bono Forced to Cancel U2 Show After Losing His Voice Mid-Concert

U2 was forced to cancel their concert after Bono had difficulties singing.

A concertgoer tells ET that during the rock band’s performance of “Red Flag Day” at their Berlin concert on Saturday, the 58-year-old frontman lost his voice. The eyewitness said that U2 then tried to play “Beautiful Day,” but left the stage saying they’d be back in 15 minutes.

The eyewitness added that management came out and was asking for patience from the audience before announcing that they had to cancel the show. The band’s team also added that they would later announce how they will handle the situation, possibly rescheduling the show for another date.

A video shared on Twitter by another attendee shows Bono pausing the show and explaining that “something’s happened” and that they “cannot go on.”

“So sorry, thank you,” Bono says in the video before clearing his throat. “Before we left the dressing room, I was ready to sing for you. Something’s happened and I think we cannot go on. It’s not right for you… I’m sure this is not a big, big problem, but I’m going to have to do something. So… if people want to go home, that’s fine. We’ll play another show for you some other time. If you want to stay, we’re gonna have to break for, I don’t know, 10, 15 minutes. I’ll go find out what’s happening.” 

This isn’t the first time that U2 canceled a show mid-concert — a similar situation happened nearly 20 years ago. In 1989, when the band was in Amsterdam, Bono also struggled with voice problems.

The band has yet to comment on the incident on their social media pages. They are set to play a show in Cologne, Germany, on Tuesday. No word if that concert is still on.

ET has reached out to Bono and U2’s reps for comment.

Reporting by Joseph Corral. 


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