Bono says his chances of playing guitar after bike accident are 'not looking good'

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Bono Reveals He May Never Play Guitar Again

Say it isn't so, Bono!

The 55-year-old U2 frontman admits in the new issue of Q Magazine that he's still uncertain regarding whether he'll ever be able to play guitar again after a horrific bike accident.

"It's not looking good," he said in the mag's September issue, according to The Daily Mail. "I'm embarrassed talking about it. It's just a bummer if you like playing guitar."

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Bono suffered fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow after a bicycle accident in Central Park in November of last year. At the time, Bono told fans "it is not clear that I will ever play again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this."

In April, the rocker told The New York Times that, "It feels like I have somebody else's hand. I can't bend these [fingers], and this is like rigor mortis. But they say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it's coming back."

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Bono says his chances of playing guitar after bike accident are 'not looking good'
U2 frontman Bono says due to a recent cycling accident, he may never be able to play guitar again.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Bono and U2 perform at the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Dave Hogan/MTV 2014/Getty Images for MTV)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 12: German Development Minister Gerd Mueller (not pictured) welcomes Bono (Paul David Hewson) to the Ministry of Development on November 12, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)
Irish singer and frontman of U2, Bono, arrives on September 27, 2014 at the Cipriani Hotel in Venice for the wedding of US actor george Clooney with British Amal Alamuddin in Venice. George Clooney has said goodbye to bachelorhood in Venice with a stag party at his favourite restaurant with Hollywood chums, and was gearing up for a day of glamourous pre-wedding celebrations. The actor had swept into the floating city yesterday with his British fiancee Amal Alamuddin on a watertaxi dubbed 'Amore', zipping up the Grand Canal to cheers from fans at the start of nuptials set to draw out over the weekend. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Bono leaves the Cipriani hotel in Venice, Italy, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Bono was among guests as George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin married Saturday, Sept. 27, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
The Edge, from left, Bono, Larry Mullen, Jr., and Adam Clayton of U2 arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
From left, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Bono, and Larry Mullen Jr. arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Rock star Bono speaks during a panel discussion "The Post-2015 Goals: Inspiring a New Generation to Act", the fifth annual Associated Press debate, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Bono performs on stage at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff /Invision/AP)
Bono reacts with French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti, after he was invested as an "Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres " (Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters) at the Culture Ministry in Paris, Tuesday, July 16 2013. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Sir Paul McCartney and Bono pose for photographers prior to fashion designer Stella McCartney's Fall/Winter 2013-2014 ready to wear collection, in Paris, Monday, March, 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
U2 frontman Bono, left, talks with host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York, Wednesday Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Brad Barket)
Musicians Bono, left, and K'naan perform together at the "A Decade of Difference" concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. The concert is part of “Decade of Difference” weekend, which celebrates 10 years of the William J. Clinton Foundation. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, left, reacts beside Irish musician Bono, right, during his 80th birthday celebrations at Waterford Estate near Stellenbosch, South Africa, Friday, Oct 7, 2011. Tutu celebrated his 80th birthday with local political leaders and friends attending a church service in his honor. (AP Photo/Rodger Bosch, Pool)
Bono, right, and The Edge of British rock band U2 performs at Glastonbury Music Festival in Glastonbury, Britain, Friday, June 24, 2011. More than 170,000 ticket-holders have arrived at Worthy Farm for the 41st festival. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Julie Taymor, right, Bono and The Edge appear onstage at the curtain call for the opening night performance of the Broadway musical "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" in New York, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Bono, lead singer of the Irish rock band U2, performs during the band's 360 world tour at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday April 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Der Saenger Paul David Hewson (Irland) alias Bono der irischen Rockband U2 tritt am Mittwoch (15.09.10) im Olympiastadion in Muenchen im Rahmen der 360-Grad-Tour auf. Die Band U2 beendet damit ihre 360-Grad-Tour in Deutschland. Der Name der Tour leitet sich von der Buehne ab, die dem Publikum einen rundum unverstellten Blick auf die Band bietet. Bono hatte sich im Mai bei Tourproben am Ruecken verletzt und wurde im Klinikum Grosshadern notoperiert. Mehrere Konzerte der seit 2009 laufenden Tour wurden daraufhin verschoben. Foto: Timm Schamberger/dapd
A gendarme salutes U2 lead singer Bono before his meeting with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, in Paris. Bono will also meet President Nicolas Sarkozy later today to prepare the U.N. summit in New York next week aimed at cutting extreme poverty. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Bono, left, and Adam Clayton of Irish band U2 perform during their first concert of the new European tour after Bono underwent back surgery following an injury during training, in Turin, Italy, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. After the European dates, the band will then head to the United States, Australia and New Zealand for a series of shows. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)
U2's Bono, left, and Mick Jagger perform at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden, Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
Bono, lead singer of rock band U2 performs during their 360 degree Tour at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
U2 frontman Bono, right, and guitarist The Edge perform at the Lincoln Memorial for President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural concert in Washington , Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Bono performs with BB King at "The Blues & Jazz" Gala Concert at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday Oct. 26, 2008 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Mainz)
Activist and U2 lead singer Bono, left, speaks during the memorial service for Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice watches, right. (AP Photos/Susan Walsh)
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, and rock singer Bono participate in The Clinton Global Initiative & MTV's "Giving - Live At The Apollo" Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

According to Q, two of Bono's fingers remain numb and won't extend today.

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Bono has kept a sense of humor about the situation, spoofing himself in a sketch with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in May.

In the two-minute pre-taped segment, Bono takes his first bike ride since the accident on the streets of New York City. Everything's going well until he veers off into the street and is suddenly hit by a large van mid-sentence.

Fans of the band can still see Bono perform, as U2's Innocence + Experience tour continues to roll through Europe this fall. But for their World AIDS Day performance in December, a few of Bono's famous friends stepped in to lend their voices to his biggest hits. See the performances in the video below.

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