Two months after undergoing emergency back surgery, U2 frontman Bono has announced that he is back on track, now able to “sit, stand and move around a bit”. Although that doesn’t exactly sound positive enough for us to expect an onstage return, an video message posted to U2.com assures fans that the band are currently preparing themselves for the opening of their European Tour opener in Turin next month. The video’s main message was a thank you to fans worldwide for “standing by” U2.
While U2 was unable to perform for their original U2 360 ° North American June and July tour dates, the band has rescheduled the concert dates for spring 2011, booking the shows to span through May 24 to July 23rd, honoring the tickets to the previously cancelled shows. Rather than opting to reschedule the entire world tour, U2 decided to reschedule the North American leg around the other dates, with the US tour set for mid-2011. So far all the European tour dates have remained unaffected by Bono’s sudden injury, much to the band’s relief, taking place from August 6th in Italy to October 3rd in Portugal. 11 of the 22 European dates have already been sold out, and opening bands touring with U2 include Kasabian, Snow Patrol, OneRepublic, and Interpol.