U2 Ends Berlin Concert Early After Bono Loses Voice

Bono of U2
Jason Moore
– Bono of U2
M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore, Md.

U2, which is amidst the European leg of its eXPERIENCE & iNNOCENCE Tour, cancelled their Saturday night concert in Berlin after singer Bono lost his voice during the performance.

A note on U2’s website from Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr. and the Edge (and noticeably not Bono) apologized for the cancellation saying, “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. We don’t know what has happened and we’re taking medical advice.”

According to reports, Bono still managed to perform the song “Beautiful Day” with the help of the audience before going backstage. Attendees were first told that there would be a short break before being informed the show was over and their tickets would be good for a replacement performance.

U2’s next scheduled shows are slated for Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept. 4-5) at Cologne’ Lanxess Arena before heading to Paris for a non-sequential four-night stand Sept. 8-9 and Sept 12-13 at AccorHotels Arena.

According to Pollstar Boxoffice data, U2’s average gross over the last 36 months is nearly $6.8 million per market. The band did 50 shows in 2017, mostly stadiums, which put the band on top of Pollstar’s 2017 Year End Top 100 Worldwide Tours tally with some $316 million grossed worldwide.

U2’s gracious note thanked fans for their support, especially “those who traveled from afar” and noted they would “update [all] very soon.”