The legendary rock band U-2 was scheduled to take a week-long residency on the NBC Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote their new album "Songs of Innocence" (2014). But U-2 was a no show as frontman Bono Vox was in a "high energy" bicycling accident in Central Park on a Sunday Bloody Sunday.
Fallon and the Roots tried to compensate for U-2's absence with a dead-on impersonation of their 1988 hit "Desire".
Alas, Bono's injuries were more serious than initially thought. Dr. Dean Lorich, an Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Emergency Department, revealed that Bono broke his right arm in six places as well as injuring his left hand, fracturing an eye socket and a shoulder blade. The spill was so bad that bone protruded through the skin on his arm.
The arm fracture required a five hour operation and involved three metal plates and 18 screws. While Bono is expected to make a full recovery, it will take some intense and progressive therapy to do so.
It is believed that Bono's accident occurred as he swerved to avoid another cyclist and he fell over. The NYPD has been cracking down on cyclists over the last couple of years for traffic violations in Central Park. Street cyclists have a reputation for running red lights and wearing headphones while on the roadways. Bono's crash is a reminder why these rules matter, even in Central Park.
While cycling fans look to stars like Lance Armstrong or Jens Voigt for inspiration, many participate in the sport with their own "high-energy" rides. Bono's Central Park "spill" is a reminder that the recreation is not without its risks as well as its rewards.