Watch the moment U2's Bono suffered a "complete loss of voice" in Berlin

The band had to cancel the remainder of the sold-out gig after just five songs.


U2 had to cut its sold-out Berlin gig short last night after its singer, Bono, suffered "a complete loss of voice" onstage.

“I’m so sorry… I was ready to sing for you, but something has happened and I think we can’t go on," Bono, 58, said after struggling through "Beautiful Day," just the fifth song in what is just the second show of the band's European tour. "It’s not right for you. I’m sure this is not a big problem but I’m gonna have to do something.”

There's still no word on the remaining gigs (the next show is scheduled for September 4 in Cologne), but the band had this to say in a statement after the show:

We're so sorry for tonight's cancellation. Bono was in great form and great voice prior to the show and we were all looking forward to the second night in Berlin, but after a few songs, he suffered a complete loss of voice. We don't know what has happened and we're taking medical advice. As always, we appreciate our audience's understanding and all our fans' support in Berlin and those who travelled from afar. We will update you very soon.

 Look above to watch the moment (4:08) Bono shares the bad news with fans.

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