This is from my column in today's Metro newspapers:
Back on the 19th, Bono felt unwell. Decompressing from the massive 360 Tour at his villa in Eze-sur-Mer in the south of France, his heart began rattling around in his chest like a drum machine gone insane. The palpitations and discomfort were enough for his wife to rush him to Princess Grace Memorial Hospital in nearby Monaco.
After being examined by a specialist and subjected to a battery of tests, he was sent home with orders to get some rest. Bono’s 51-year-old body is telling him something: you can’t be on a world tour for two years, pausing only for major spinal surgery and not expect to suffer some physical consequences.
The pace, the travel, the time zone shifts and the exertion of performing two hours a night takes its toll, even on the most pampered of rock stars. Performing is hard physical work that gets only harder as you get older.