U2 show cut short as Bono suffers ‘complete loss of voice’

The Irish rock band U2 canceled a concert in Berlin on Saturday night when lead singer Bono experienced a “complete loss of voice” partway through their performance.

“We’re so sorry for tonight’s cancellation,” bandmates Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., and the Edge said in a statement posted on the U2 website. “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.”

Shortly after playing “Beautiful Day,” which concert videos show Bono struggling to sing, the singer halted the performance. In one such video, Bono can be seen apologizing to fans, saying he was “ready to sing for you, so something’s happened, and I think we cannot go on.” He invited fans to wait while the band took a 10-minute break to figure out what was going on, but ultimately, the rest of the show was called off.

U2 are scheduled to continue their 2018 Experience and Innocence tour Tuesday night in Cologne, but there is no word yet on whether they’ll be able to go on. “We don’t know what has happened and we’re taking medical advice,” they wrote. “As always, we appreciate our audience’s understanding and all our fans’ support in Berlin and those who travelled from afar. We will update you very soon.”

The band’s representatives did not immediately respond to EW’s requests for comment or further clarification on the future of their touring schedule.

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