Bono of U2 arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 single at Sarm Studios in Notting Hill, London, Saturday November 15, 2014.
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January 2, 2015 7:22 AM EST

U2 frontman Bono has revealed that a bike accident in New York could have a devastating impact on his music.

In a blog post published on Jan. 1, Bono described the fall-out of a November bicycle accident in New York, where he broke his arm in six places and fractured his eye socket, hand and shoulder blade. With references to painkillers and recovery, Bono noted in the post on the band’s website, “As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again.”

He continues: “I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (red) Gretsch. Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes.”

But the 54-year-old singer also described his resolve to recover from his injuries and join his group for its upcoming Innocence and Experience tour, which is slated to begin in May. “The consequences of this freak accident are significant enough that I will have to concentrate hard to be ready for the U2 tour in fitness terms,” he wrote. “As a result I have cancelled every public appearance and decided this missive is all the communication I can manage for the first half of 2015, beyond muttering and singing to myself of course.”

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