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Bono: I may never play guitar again

Bono, with his injured arm in a sling, in Dublin, Ireland, on Dec. 24. The singer said he's not sure if he'll ever play guitar again due to injuries suffered in a bike crash.WENN.com Bono, with his injured arm in a sling, in Dublin, Ireland, on Dec. 24. The singer said he’s not sure if he’ll ever play guitar again due to injuries suffered in a bike crash.

Bono is fretting that his shredding days may be over.

The 54-year-old Irish idol broke his silence over his recent Central Park bike crash with a New Year’s note on U2’s website that detailed his injuries and rocky recuperation.

“Recovery has been more difficult than I thought,” he said. “As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again.”

The “With or Without You” singer confessed he “blanked out” in the Nov. 16 accident that broke his shoulder in three places, shattered his left arm in six places and broke a bone near his left eye.

“(I) 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,” he said.

JULY 20, 2011 FILE PHOTOCharles Sykes/AP Bono with U2 during a concert at the New Meadowlands Stadium in July 2011. 

He confessed he now has a titanium elbow and might not be ready for the band’s 2015 tour, set to swing through Madison Square Garden in late July.

“I have cancelled every public appearance and decided this missive is all the communication I can manage for the first half of 2015, beyond muttering and singing to myself of course,” he said.

Surgeons needed five hours, three metal plates and 18 screws to knit the mangled frontman back together.

Bono joked the biggest casualty of the freak bike crash wasn’t his body but his Irish pride.

“It was discovered that under my tracksuit I was wearing yellow and black Lycra cycling shorts,” he said. “Yes, LYCRA. This is not very rock ’n’ roll.”

And his band mates have reminded him “that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on” his full recovery, he quipped.

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