U2, circa 2009

Irish megaband U2 today postponed the opening date of the second U.S. leg of its monstrous 360° Tour — June 3 in Salt Lake City — after Bono this morning underwent emergency surgery in Munich “for an injury sustained during tour preparation training,” according to the band’s official site.

A new date has not yet been announced for Salt Lake City. The next concerts scheduled are June 6 and 7 in Anaheim, Calif., and June 12 in Denver (see full U2 tour dates here), and while the band only has delayed one show, in an audio statement posted to U2.com, manager Paul McGuinness makes it sound like more concerts will be postponed, saying, “we will make plans to reinstate these dates as soon as possible.”

McGuinness adds:

“The band were really looking forward to getting back out on the road…  we were due to start rehearsals on Tuesday in Salt Lake City and get the show ready for the next leg and there were going to be some changes and some new material. It’s unfortunate that we’re inconveniencing fans.”

With “over 400 people converging on Salt Lake City,” the band’s crew already has begun erecting the giant “claw” stage U2 is using on this tour. McGuinness said “some of those have been turned around and told to stay at home until we make our new plans.”

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