U2 will guest on The Tonight Show on May 8th, nearly six months after a major bicycle accident forced Bono to cancel the band’s weeklong residency on Jimmy Fallon’s late night program. “You heard that right! U2 will be back on the show next Friday,” The Tonight Show tweeted Friday night. U2 are currently listed as that episode’s only guests according to the official Tonight Show site.
The Fallon visit will give U2 one last test run before the rockers kick off their Innocence + Experience Tour at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on May 14th. In November 2014, U2 suddenly withdrew from their Tonight Show appearances – scheduled to celebrate the release of Songs of Innocence – after Bono’s “cycling spill.” “It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time – we’re one man down,” the band said in a statement at the time, promising they would “be back” to visit Fallon after Bono recuperated. (The accident also forced U2 to recruit some special guests to fill in for Bono for their World AIDS Day performance.)
Bono suffered numerous serious injuries following the “high energy bicycle accident” in New York’s Central Park, including a facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye, three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade, a fractured left pinky finger and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter, most serious injury required three metal plates, 18 screws and months of “intensive and progressive therapy,” his surgeon told Rolling Stone.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Bono discussed his recovery, and while his facial and shoulder injuries have largely healed, he still hasn’t regained complete feeling in his hand. “It feels like I have somebody else’s hand,” Bono said, adding that he currently can’t play guitar. “They say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it’s coming back.”
As the band works on new music in their mobile studio in Vancouver while they prepare for their tour, Bono admitted he now employs another guitarist during the writing process to strum out chords he can no longer play.