U2 concert ends early after Bono loses voice

The Edge Bono and Adam Clayton of the Irish band U2 performing in Berlin on Friday night

The Edge Bono and Adam Clayton of the Irish band U2 performing in Berlin on Friday night

We're so sorry for tonight's cancellation.

The Irish rockers were playing in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday but had to stop after only a few songs as Bono struggled on stage.

U2 was forced to cancel their concert after Bono had difficulties singing.

"We don't know what has happened and we're taking medical advice", said a statement signed by band members Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen and The Edge. "He's real and he's human, too, like we all are". I don't know what to do.

Inviting concertgoers to leave if they like, he advises that he and the band are going to take a break "for 10 or 15 minutes, I'll go and find out what's happening". "I'm sure it will pass".

The lead singer asked for the smoke machines to be turned off and the air conditioning to be turned on higher before he attempted to sing "Beautiful Day".

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Comparing the stage smoke with that of a cigar he asked for it to be turned off, saying, "I need flawless conditions to sing".

Actress Ashley Judd was in attendance at the Berlin gig and posted footage of the band's performance on social media, commenting: "The power of #bono voice before it surprised him in #Berlin and left him abruptly... he was singing his guts out (per usual)".

A video shared on Twitter by another attendee shows Bono pausing the show and explaining that "something's happened" and that they "cannot go on".

The Mercedes Benz Arena, where U2 performed August 31 and September 1 as part of its experience+innocence tour, tweeted: "Get well soon, Bono".

The band is due to perform a sold out show in Cologne on Tuesday in Lanxess Arena, according to their website.

U2 released a statement apologizing for the cancelled performance.

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