U2 frontman Bono suffers "complete loss of voice" while singing, apologizes to fans for canceling concert
The singer lost his voice while performing the fourth song of the night and could not continue, resulting in the band canceling the concert.
U2 are arguably one of the greatest live performers of the generation but suffered a rare setback when they were forced to cancel their Berlin show after lead singer Bono suddenly lost his voice during the concert. The Irish rock band were performing at the Mercedes Benz Arena as a part of their Experience + Innocence tour but could not go on after a few songs due to the frontman's voice deteriorating.
As Bono sang the fourth song, Red Flag Day, it became apparent that he was facing some discomfort. He then tried to "soldier" on with the fifth song, Beautiful Day, but it got to a point where he could no longer continue and had to stop performing. It was initially assumed that the concert would continue after a short break, but the gathered fans were soon informed that the show had been canceled.
Bono apologized for the stoppage, telling the audience, "I think we can't go on. It's not right for you." A video posted by a fan of the performance showed the iconic singer appearing to cough and telling fans he was "so sorry." He 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."
Actress and political activist Ashley Judd, who starred in 2012 television series 'Missing,' was one of those in attendance at the Mercedes Benz Arena. She said "the crowd so felt for him" and that he was "powerless and vulnerable."
The power of #bono voice before it surprised him in #Berlin and left him abruptly...he was singing his guts out (per usual). @u2 @U2eiTour The crowd so felt for him as he with surrender was obviously powerless and vulnerable. He’s real and he’s human, too, like we all are. pic.twitter.com/f0Tl3hhuA2— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) 1 September 2018
While it is unclear why he suddenly lost his voice, speculation from those in attendance at the concert suggests it had to with the smoke machines in use at the arena, reports the BBC. The band released a statement addressing the cancelation as well, though they did not go into details for the reason either. "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," the statement said. "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. We will update you very soon."
It was only the second night of the European leg of their tour after it kicked off in the same venue on Friday night and it is currently unclear when they will play a rescheduled concert.
Watch Bono lose his voice at the U2 concert in the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin here: