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UPDATE: U2 published a statement after canceling the concert. The announcement said, "We are so sorry for the cancellation tonight, Bono was in great shape and great voice before the show and we all looked forward to the second night in Berlin, but after a few songs he suffered a complete Loss (1
We do not know what has happened and are taking medical advice.
As always, we appreciate the understanding of our audience and the support of all fans in Berlin and those who We will keep you up to date very soon
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U2 capped a tour concert of Experience & Innocence 2018 in Berlin on Saturday after Bono lost his voice the stage
The 58-year-old frontman had played some songs over 20 minutes and was struggling to sing the "Red Flag Day". He and the band then stopped the music so he could address the audience. He speculated that the stage smoke in the Mercedes-Benz Arena had influenced his voice.
"I can promise you that I did not smoke," he told the crowd, as seen in fans' online videos. "But it's like a huge cigar, I lost my voice and I do not know what to do … it sang like a bird about 10 minutes ago."
He asked for the stage to be switched off with smoke machines and the air conditioning turned up higher. Then he tried to play "Beautiful Day" and struggled to sing that song as well.
"I was ready to sing for you," he said. "Something has happened and I think we can not go on, it's not right for you … I'm sure that's not a big, big problem, but I'll have to do something, so even when people go home want "That's okay. We will play another show for you. If you want to stay, we have to pause, I do not know, ten, fifteen minutes. I'll find out what's going on. " Post-show chat of U2's canceled show in Berlin over problems with Bono's voice # u2eitour https://t.co/WtUNtpTSM2
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After leaving the stage, many in the crowd of about 17,000 people began to sing the U2 track "40 (How Long)", which is the text " How long, how long, how long / how long to sing this song. "
After about 40 minutes, the show was canceled and it was the second time that U2 had to cancel a concert in mid-1989 when the band broke off a concert in Amsterdam after Bono had problems with the vote.
An event official told the crowd in Berlin that the show would be postponed and tickets for concertgoers would be honored for the new date.
U2 has not commented, and it's unclear if the rest of the tour will be affected will be performing in Cologne next Tuesday.