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- Posted on May 26th 2010 10:30AM by John D. Luerssen
"I guess sometime in August we'll be doing a preproduction period somewhere in Europe to open the tour in Turin," Edge explained in a video from New York City, first posted on U2.com. The guitarist affirmed that the group's overseas trek will indeed get underway in Italy on Aug. 6 after Bono undergoes a lengthy rehabilitation for what Dr. Muller Woflfahrt diagnosed in a band statement as "severe compression of the sciatic nerve."
As for Bono's condition, Edge says he was working hard in preparation for the North American tour. "Maybe he just overdid it without realizing it," Edge added. "Had he not done anything about it, it could have been very serious and possibly permanent."
As for the Glastonbury cancellation, Bono said in a statement, "'I'm heartbroken," adding, "We really wanted to be there to do something really special -- we even wrote a song especially for the Festival."
Although until just a few days ago, the band was ready to head back on the road, Edge revealed that he has since quickly shifted gears and is now using his time creatively. "For the record, I'm already back at work on songwriting for the next U2 record," he said. "When we do get back out there we'll be in top condition and raring to go. That's our focus now."
Watch Edge's statement below.