Bono has opened up about his healing process, almost six months after his cycling incident in Central Park. It left him with a fractured eye socket, shoulder, elbow, and left hand, and the musician had to undergo five hours of surgery for his injuries.
“I really used to think that my head was harder than any surface it came in contact with, and I don’t anymore. I didn’t come off a Harley-Davidson. I came off a push bike and smashed myself to bits. There is no glory here,” the U2 frontman told The New York Times.
The band are about to launch their Innocence + Experience Tour but, while Bono can hold a microphone, he still can’t play guitar.
His shoulder and eyesocket are better now, but he’s unable to bend the curled ring finger or pinky of his left hand, and one part of that same hand “is like rigor mortis.”
“It feels like I have somebody else’s hand. 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 54-year-old said.
This upcoming tour is in support of their latest album, Songs of Innocence, which hundreds of Apple users rebelled against when the band and the tech giant partnered and offered the album free for a limited time. Unfortunately, users weren’t thrilled about having the album placed into their iPhone’s music libraries without their permission–and with seemingly no method of deleting it.
Eventually, the band apologized and Apple provided an easy solution for deleting.
What does Bono think of that controversy?
“As a person who’s been a lifelong member of Amnesty International, of all human-rights crimes, I think that this kind of unwanted mail, if it’s at the top of your list or even halfway up it, your life is really fantastic,” he quipped.