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Back in November, Bono fell off a bicycle and suffered injuries that forced U2 to cancel a planned one-week residence on The Tonight Show.

The iconic frontman has been keeping a low profile in the weeks since, but today he opened up about his recovery on the band’s official website and revealed that he may never again pick up a six-string:

In a lengthy address to fans, Bono stated that he suffered his first serious injury in 2010 after “overindulging” on exercise in order to compensate for drinking too much in the weeks leading up to his birthday. Apparently, he repeated that mistake in 2014:

“Just four years on, it happened again,” Bono writes. “A massive injury I can’t blame on anyone but myself, mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket.”

“Recovery has been more difficult than I thought. As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band has reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization is depending on this.”

Bono is not U2’s principal guitarist (that duty belongs to the similarly ridiculously-named The Edge), but he’s been known to bust out some riffs during the band’s famous stage show.

So it seems that between the controversy surrounding the automatic download of U2’s album on millions of iTunes accounts and being sidelined by a freak accident, 2014 was a decidedly rough year for Bono.

Here’s wishing the rock legend a speedy recovery.