On Friday, August 6, in Turin, Italy, U2 played their first concert since frontman Bono's back injury and subsequent emergency surgery in May forced the band to cancel 16 North American summer tour dates.
Yes, Bono was back, and it was a beautiful day, for sure.
"The doctors are very confident," U2 manager Paul McGuinness told the press after he watched U2's full dress rehearsal of the entire show. "They certified him fit to perform. It's really a very short time for a spinal injury....Things have gone very, very well. We did a full run-through with no breaks, straight through the show, and Bono was moving very well. He's fit."
Indeed he is. As the exclusive photos of Bono and band here show, Mr. Hewson has fully recovered and still has that unforgettable fire. Marvel at U2's Turin triumph here, and get ready for when their rescheduled North American 360 Degree Tour begins in May 2011.