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Only a few songs in a Berlin concert on Saturday, Irish rock band U2 canceled the rest of the performance after lead singer Bono "suffered a complete loss of voice," said band members in a statement.
The 58-year-old front man joined the band's recently released "Red Flag Day", a song with the wailing, expressive vocals for which the singer is known, at the Mercedes Benz Arena when his voice ailments began.
For about 50 seconds in the song, Bono's voice became shaky before the cut. Visibly upset, the singer remained silent for a few verses. After he had drunk some water, he tried to back up again – he could sing something before he resigned.
"We will have to break, I do not know 10, 15 minutes, I'll find out what's going on," Bono said after the song, to the cheer of supporting fans.
Later the management announced that the concert was over and suggested a possible replacement show.
"Bono was great in shape and had a great voice prior to the show and we all looked forward to the second night in Berlin", according to a statement from the band members Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr. and The Edge. "We do not know what happened and we take medical advice, as always we appreciate the understanding of our audience and the support of all our fans in Berlin and those who traveled from afar."
According to tweets by concertgoers, the singer suggested that smoke from the production of the concert might be the cause, similar to a giant cigar. Some concertgoers noticed that smoke machines are a standard feature of U2 shows.
# u2 asked the concert. #Bono said he is not entirely sure what happened
. "I think it's the smoke, I can promise you I did not speak, but this is like a giant cigar – I've lost my voice and I do not know what to do."# u2gig #berlin
– John Puthenpurackal (@John_BILDde) September 1, 2018
The show was the 30th of the Experience + Innocence Tour of the band, in which the recent albums were promoted Songs of experience and Songs of innocence. If you have an iPhone, you may remember that the latest album was automatically downloaded into the Apple products in 2014 in a marketing boost designed to showcase the power of the company's cloud – a move for which the band largely was criticized.
U2 has been active for more than four decades and has won 22 Grammy prizes. Her members, especially Bono, are known for their social justice work and philanthropy. Bono was co-founder of the ONE Campaign, an organization for campaigns and advocacy with the aim to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases, especially in Africa & # 39 ;.
Bono was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 for "his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work." In 2017, the band canceled a show in St. Louis to protest against the acquittal of the white policeman for the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man.
Bono suffered a spinal injury during the preparation of a tour in 2010. He was operated and the tour was postponed and moved for 2011.
U2 is scheduled for a sold-out show in Cologne on 4 September.
"We will update you very quickly," said the band in his statement.