They say the show must always go on, but U2 fans were left confused and concerned after legendary rocker Bono fled the stage mid-concert following a health scare.
In videos and stories shared on social media platform Twitter, it is believed the Irish singer was performing the song ‘Red Flag Day’ in Berlin on Saturday night when Bono stopped singing. He apologised to his adoring fans and claimed that something wasn’t quite right with his health. He complained that he was losing his voice.
In one video, the audience can be heard clapping while music plays. A silent Bono can be seen standing in the middle of the stage.
“I’m so sorry,” he told the crowd, before clearing his throat. “Something’s happened. “I think … I think cannot go on. It’s not right for you.”
He advised his fans they could leave and go home and said the band would need to take a break for around 10 or 15 minutes while they figured out what was going wrong. While the band is thought to have returned to the stage briefly, tweets suggest U2 was forced to pull the plug on the concert, but promised they would return to Berlin for another show.
“I’m sure this is not a big big problem,” Bono assured fans. “But I’m going to have to do something.”
One fan described what played out on stage.
“Well that’s a first. Bono has had to stop in Berlin – lost his voice and visibly distressed,” the fan wrote on Twitter.
Another claimed Bono’s voice had been impacted by smoke.
“Bono thought it might have been from the stage smoke – inhaled it wrong,” they wrote. “He said he’s not sure what to do, tried to sing BD – he fought through it, then called for a 10 minute break to have it looked at backstage, promising the band will play another show in Berlin.”
Bono thought it might have been from the stage smoke – inhaled it wrong. He said he's not sure what to do, tried to sing BD – he fought through it, then called for a 10 minute break to have it looked at backstage, promising the band will play another show in Berlin #U2eiTour
— atu2 (@atu2) September 1, 2018
Others expressed their disappointment, but hoped their idol would be fighting fit again soon.
Another fan wrote: “Wow I never had cancellation concert, and it happened to be for @U2 But I wish all the best for the recovery of Bono’s voice, and looking forward for the new date! [SIC].”
At the time of publication, U2 had not released a statement about what occurred at the concert and how Bono is doing after his health scare.
Bono isn’t the only musician to suffer a health scare on stage. Last month, Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes suffered a deep cut and bruising on his thigh after falling through a gap in the stage. He had been headlining the rodeo’s musical entertainment when the incident occurred.