U2 were forced to stop their show in Berlin Saturday because Bono was suddenly unable to sing. He left the stage after completing a few songs at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
According to one eyewitness, the singer said, "I'm sure this is not a big, big problem, but I'm going to have to do something. If people want to go home, that's fine -- we'll play another show for you another time." He said he needed a short break "to find out what's happening." After a while, the crowd was informed that the show would not resume.
Another witness live-tweeted, "Bono said that he's not quite sure what's happened at the end of 'Red Flag Day.' He's clearing his throat. 'I think it's the smoke. I can promise you I have not been talking, but this is like a giant cigar -- I've lost my voice and I don't know what to do.'"
U2 posted a statement that read, “We’re so sorry for tonight’s cancellation. 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 has happened and we’re taking medical advice. As always, we appreciate our audience’s understanding and all our fans’ support in Berlin and those who traveled from afar."
The show has been rescheduled for November 13th, and Bono says, “I've seen a great doctor and with his care I’ll be back to full voice for the rest of the tour. 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.” Tickets from Saturday's show will be honored at the rescheduled date.
Actress Ashley Judd happened to be in the audience and tweeted about it.
This was only the second show on the European leg of the Experience and Innocence tour. Friday's opener featured the tour debut of "Summer of Love" off their last album, Songs of Experience. The next scheduled stop is in Cologne, Germany on Tuesday.
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