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Mullen Monday: Bad Backs Edition


Friday it was announced that Bono had emergency back surgery in Germany, causing a postponement of the 360 Tour opener in Utah in two weeks.

My mom and I have tickets to see them in Seattle on June 20 – there is supposed to be another update/announcement today. I’m hoping the band and their well-oiled machine make a good, rational decision. Personally I don’t see how anyone can recover from back surgery in 4 weeks – particularly someone who runs, jumps and pulls folks out of the audience like Bono does. But I don’t have a ton of people, fans, and money riding on my (healing) shoulders either.

It reminds me of Mr. Mullen who had (scheduled) back surgery in 1995. While he recovered the band started working on Pop with a producer and drum machines. Needless to say, someone was not very happy to come home and find his band was off and running without him. He then had to start drumming again sooner than he should have which was not great for recovery.

What amuses me about this story is that 15 years later, he still seems kinda peeved about it!

At any rate, I wish Bono a speedy recovery and as much as I’d love to see my boys in a month, I certainly don’t want it a the cost of Bono’s health.

Hey who let him back there?!

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

3 thoughts on “Mullen Monday: Bad Backs Edition

  1. lmao! Larry’s supposed grudges!

    My dad has tickets to see them on the 16th in Oakland.

    It’d be so hilarious if Larry is still holding that grudge against Bono, so he continues on the 360 tour without him! Larry breaks out the old drum machine, ties the Irish flag around his neck and runs out into the stadium singing “Sunday Bloody Sunday”.
    I would looove to see that!

    • Hey Larry has had his singing moments – I’m sure he wouldn’t mind turning it back into “The Larry Mullen Band” for a bit!

  2. I love this photo more than a normal person should! You know Larry is the type to hold grudges over not only big things like hanging out behind the kit uninvited, but also over little things like probably catering. Since he’s such a health/eco nut, if someone takes all the rice and veggies from the catering table, he is SO looking to bust a skull!

    I can’t have a fun summer without Bono’s hilarious random quotes during songs, like “Larry Mullen you are a funky man” and “Edge shake your big fat ass!” Get well Bono!!!!

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