Breaking: U2’s Bono Loses Voice on Stage in Germany

U2 was forced to cancel a show in Berlin, Germany Saturday (Sept. 1) when lead singer Bono lost his voice mid-song.

The band was in the middle of the song, “Red Flag Day,” when Bono clearly began having issues.  He immediately addressed the problem at the end of the song, telling the audience, “I think it’s the smoke. I can promise you I have not been smoking, but this is like a giant cigar – I’ve lost my voice and I don’t know what to do.”

He tried again, as the group began the opening chords to “Beautiful Day,” but again, he struggled.

“Oh, man..I am so sorry,” he said, telling the crowd he had to take a break to find out what was wrong.

The band never returned to the stage, per the orders of a backstage doctor. Fans were then instructed twenty minutes later that the show would be rescheduled at a later date.

A statement on the band’s website signed by bassist Adam Clayton, drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. and guitarist The Edge offers and apology to fans as the band is still searching for an answer for what exactly happened.”

“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,” it reads. “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 travelled from afar. We will update you very soon.”

Video shared online captures the exact moment Bono loses his voice, and his frustration as he attempts to have the audience carry the song as he tries to regain control.

Afterwards, the band managed to get through “Beautiful Day,” but Bono was still struggling, offering apologies to the audience. “Something has happened, and I think we cannot go on,” he said. “It’s not right for you.”