Bono Still Can't Play Guitar 5 Months After Bike Accident: 'It Feels Like I Have Somebody Else's Hand'
The U2 frontman, 54, said that he still can’t play the guitar five months after fracturing his eye socket, shoulder, elbow and left hand when he crashed on a push bike in Central Park, which he remembered as “smashing himself to bits.”
“It feels like I have somebody else’s hand,” he recently told The New York Times, while discussing the group’s upcoming tour.
“But they say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it’s coming back,” the musician said of being able to have full movement and function in his left fingers and lower arm.
Pointing to his forearm and elbow, Bono explained, “It s all numb here, and this is titanium,” the newspaper reported.
He also added that his shoulder and face have healed.
“But this is the hard bit because I can’t play guitar,” he said. While on the mend, the Irish singer-songwriter penned songs and worked with his bandmate the Edge, who would play the chords he couldn’t, according to the NYT.
At the time of the accident, Bono underwent five hours of surgery to repair the multiple serious fractures he sustained. His orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Dean Lorich told Rolling Stone after the crash that the performer would need intensive and progressive therapy, but he expected a full recovery.
In January, Bono wrote on the band’s website that the recovery process was more difficult than expected and he was unsure whether he would “ever play guitar again.”
“I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my … Gretsch,” he wrote.
U2 have returned to the stage and are rehearsing for their Innocence and Experience tour, which begins at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on May 14.