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Joe Elliott Sends Best Wishes To U2's Bono After Bike Accident

Sunday, 23rd November 2014

Bono 2014.
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Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott sent his best wishes to U2 front man Bono on his Planet Rock radio show last night.

Bono was injured in a bicycle accident in New York's Central Park on 16th November which caused the cancellation of a planned week long stint for U2 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Joe's friendship with Bono goes back to 1984 when Lep first moved to Dublin. In 1988 Joe explained Bono was the main reason the band played at Red Rocks in Denver, CO during the Hysteria tour - read the quote below.

Bono's injuries were detailed by his doctor in a Rolling Stone article. He is expected to recover fully.

The Joe Elliott Show - 22nd November 2014 Quote

"Well it would appear that when he face planted himself over the handle bars of his bicycle in Central Park. That Bono did a lot more damage than was originally reported. 18 pins, 3 metal plates, broken collar bone, eye socket damaged, little finger broken. boy, you've really done yourself some damage. So get well soon buddy and I'll have a drink with you after Christmas. If they let you out of hospital. Ah but yeah get well soon because we need you back out on the road to promote this new album. The album is Songs Of Innocence and that is U2 there with California (There Is No End To Love)."

Rolling Stone - Article Quote

"The singer suffered numerous serious injuries, including a "facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye," three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin."

Joe Elliott- 1988 Kerrang! Interview Quotes

It was Joe Elliott's friend, Bono, who originally suggested Red Rocks as a venue to be included on Leppard's next American tour.

"We've been mates for a while now, and whenever we're both at home in Dublin we tend to hang out together," says Joe. "U2 recorded their live album, "Under A Blood Red Sky", here, and Bono told me all about the place. He said 'You've got to play at Red Rocks if you're going to be playing in Colorado this summer. It's a totally unique experience!' After a recommendation like that we just had to come here and give it a crack."