U2 will be long gone before Deutschland’s next big to-do Oktoberfest (starting September 22nd), which isn’t a public holiday but should really be am I richtig? The band were in the German capital of Berlin on September 1st but unfortunately had to stop things after only a few songs following the usually reliable frontman losing his voice. Minutes latter the band were off stage and the gig was later abandoned. Here’s a video of Bono losing his voice during Red Flag Day, the fourth song in U2’s set in Berlin tonight. In case you’re wondering, Germany celebrated Labour Day on May 1st, not this weekend like in North America. Here’s hoping they do figure out what happened to Bono, preferably before the next show in Cologne on September 4th. U2 are in the throes of a European leg for the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour; all the time they’ve been spending on the road between their still-new album and last year’s Joshua Tree anniversary can take its toll on anyone, even Bono. Ach nein, baby. (c) Warren Chrismas pic.twitter.com/EnoP3w9LT7
— Warren Chrism̶a̶s (@warrenchrismas) September 1, 2018
All of U2 seem baffled by the situation, as the other members released a statement saying they “don’t know what has happened”, but are “taking medical advice”. Twitterer @warrenchrismas took a pretty good video of the exact moment when this happens to Bono – He throws up his arms in throaty defeat as the backing track to “Red Flag Day” can clearly be heard.
Bono Loses Voice in Berlin