UPDATE: Bono issued a statement following Saturday night’s cancelation where he assured fans the European leg will continue as planned. “I’ve seen a great doctor and with his care I’ll be back to full voice for the rest of the tour,” Bono wrote. “So happy and relieved that anything serious has been ruled out. My relief is tempered by the knowledge that the Berlin audience were so inconvenienced. There was an amazing atmosphere in the house, it was going to be one of those unforgettable nights but not for this reason.” Bono added that the band would make up the Berlin concert on November 13th.
During the second show of the band’s European leg of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour, just a few songs into the performance, the singer informed the crowd, “I’m so sorry… I was ready to sing for you, but something has happened and I think we can’t go on. It’s not right for you. I’m sure this is not a big problem but I’m gonna have to do something.”
Bono then suggested that the band take a 10-minute break; however, the concert was ultimately called off after five songs.
Soon after the concert’s premature ending, U2 posted a statement on their official website. “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 band added, “We don’t know what has happened and we’re taking medical advice.” U2 also promised to “update” attendees regarding a rescheduling or refund.
U2 next perform September 4th in Cologne, Germany. As of press time, U2 have not postponed that or any additional concerts on the European leg.