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U2 Concert Cancelled After Bono Suffers “Complete Loss of Voice”

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 31: (L-R) The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of the Irish band U2 perform live on stage during a concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on August 31, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Getty Images)

This weekend, U2 performed two consecutive dates at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, but ended their second night after only a few songs, with frontman Bono suffering from a “complete loss of voice.” The vocalist took a fifteen minute break during their set, where instead of playing their 2000 single “Beautiful Day,” he returned to the stage to cancel the concert entirely.

“This is like being in a giant cigar,” Bono said onstage. “I’ve lost my voice and I don’t know what to do. I was singing like a bird about 10 minutes ago.”

Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton, and The Edge later published a statement apologizing for the cancellation on the band’s website. “We’re so sorry for tonight’s cancellation,” the statement says. “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.”

“We don’t know what happened and we’re taking medical advice,” the statement continues. “As always, we appreciate our audience’s understanding and all our fans’ support in Berlin and those who traveled from afar. We will update you very soon.”

U2 was recently named the highest-paid musical act in the world by Billboard and the band released a video for the Beck remix of their song “Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way” this July. Check out fan video of their Berlin performance below.

Update 5:45pm: Bono has issued a statement updating fans after Saturday night’s cancellation. “I’ve seen a great doctor and with his care I’ll be back to full voice for the rest of the tour,” Bono said in the update. “So happy and relieved that anything serious has been ruled out. My relief is tempered by the knowledge that the Berlin audience were so inconvenienced. There was an amazing atmosphere in the house, it was going to be one of those unforgettable nights but not for this reason.” The statement also notes that U2 will perform a make-up concert in Berlin on November 13.

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