NEW YORK: How did U2 frontman Bono escape notice when he crashed his bicycle last month? Perhaps he was in disguise, as his bandmate jokingly suggested Saturday.
U2 guitarist The Edge was asked in a US radio interview why no pictures emerged when Bono — one of the world’s most recognizable singers — suffered a serious accident in New York’s Central Park.
“When he’s going cycling, he likes to dress up as a Hasidic Jew, so I think that probably helped,” The Edge deadpanned to KROQ in Los Angeles.
Hasidic Jewish men, who are a common sight in New York, generally wear dark suits and brimmed hats and maintain facial hair. The Edge said that Bono was wearing a helmet.
U2 on Wednesday announced a tour of North America and Europe starting in May.
The Edge gave the interview to KROQ amid the tour announcement to reveal that U2 would not play the Los Angeles station’s annual “Almost Acoustic Christmas” charity concert next week due to Bono’s injuries.
The Irish superstars played a surprise show on Monday in New York to support efforts to fight AIDS. Bono was absent, with Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin filling in.
The Edge said that Bono was “so upset” but had been told by doctors not to move for several months.
Bono returned to Dublin after five hours of surgery in New York. The Edge said that Bono showed the band his X-rays and that his bones “looked like a miniature Eiffel Tower.”