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Bono Fears He Might Not Play Guitar Again

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Bono opened up about his Central Park bike crash in November 2014 in an A to Z post on New Year’s Day on U2′s website.

“On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday,” he wrote. “I promised myself I would be more mindful of my limits, but just four years on, it happened again – a massive injury I can’t blame on anyone but myself, mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go.”

The 54-year old singer underwent multiple surgeries, the first of which lasted five hours.

“The elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws,” said orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich. And while the doctor anticipated a full recovery, Bono is not so sure.

Under I for Irish Pride, he writes, “Recovery has been more difficult than I thought … As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.

“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 then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I’m all elbows, I am.”

This was certainly sad news to read, and we wish Bono the best. We also encourage any U2 fans to read the full A to Z post as it touches on his family, bandmates, religion, iTunes, Jimmy Fallon and more.

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Gretsch & Bono Partner on New Signature Guitar

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NEW (GRETSCH)RED RAISES MONEY TO FIGHT AIDS(RED)

Gretsch and Bono have joined forces once again for a new signature guitar model, the (GRETSCH)RED. Bearing the special (RED) logo adorned on the pickguard and truss rod cover, every guitar sold will raise money for the Global Fund to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The double-cutaway (GRETSCH)RED G5623 Electromatic® Center-Block Bono “Signature” Model puts Bono’s personalized stamp on Gretsch’s new thinline spruce center-block design, which delivers “high gain-friendly” tone and greater control over the kind of feedback players want.

Other premium features include a bound arched maple top with bound sound holes, maple sides and arched back (also bound), maple neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with Neo-Classic™ “thumbnail” inlays, dual “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ pickups with three-position toggle switching, and master volume and tone controls, anchored Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with “G”-cutout tailpiece, Grover® deluxe tuners, chrome hardware and deluxe case.

“The (GRETSCH)RED guitar is a guitarist’s dream,” said Bono, co-founder of (RED). “And the reality is that every time someone buys one, it’s raising money to fight AIDS. That money can buy life-saving medicine for pregnant mothers living with HIV, and prevent their babies being born with the virus. They’re the same pills that will help deliver an AIDS Free Generation.”

Since it was founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006, (RED) has generated more than $275 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 55 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

Five percent of the wholesale price from each guitar sold will go to the Global Fund.  For more information on (RED), go to www.red.org.

And for more product details, head here.

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U2 Rocks Fallon’s Tonight Show Debut

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Jimmy Fallon debuted his new Tonight Show on Monday night in New York, and it was a star-studded affair with high-profile guests like Will Smith, celebrity cameos from the likes of Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Stephen Colbert, Robert De Niro and an epic Rockefeller Center rooftop performance by U2.

Earlier in the show, Fallon interviewed U2 about their Oscar-nominated song “Ordinary Love,” and encouraged the band to perform the song acoustically. Bono and team complied, with the singer also presenting Fallon with a new red Gretsch guitar in honor of the band’s charity efforts with the (RED) campaign.

The legendary rock band later closed out the episode from 70 stories above NYC with a performance of new single “Invisible.”

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Watch New U2 Video for ‘Invisible’

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After originally premiering a sixty second clip of their song “Invisible” during the Super Bowl, U2 has now unveiled the full video.

Directed by Mark Romanek, the black and white clip was shot over a three day period in January at an airport hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

U2 launched a partnership with (RED) and Bank of America during Super Bowl Sunday by offering “Invisible” as a free download for 36 hours. Bank of America donated $1 for each download, raising $3 million to support The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. All proceeds from the song on iTunes continue to go to (RED) for the Global Fund.

Produced by Danger Mouse, “Invisible” is due on U2′s forthcoming 13th studio album.

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U2′s ‘Invisible’ Raises Over $3 Million for (RED)

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U2′s latest single “Invisible” likely perked up the ears of many fans when it was teased during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII.

But the fact that the legendary band was offering it as a free download via iTunes for 36 hours in order to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS – through a partnership with (RED) and Bank of America – caused a massive worldwide reaction.

Bank of America originally pledged to donate $1 for each download up to two million, but the success of the campaign prompted them to exceed that mark, as U2 announced Tuesday that the effort raised more than $3 million for the cause.

Now, all proceeds from “Invisible,” which costs $1.29, will go to the Global Fund, as well.

Watch a 60-second promo for “Invisible” after the jump and click here to download the song. (more…)

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