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U2 Back On The Road

TURIN, Italy (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Irish rockers U2 resumed their world tour in front of a sold-out crowd at the Olympic Stadium in Turin on Friday.

The band had been on hiatus after frontman Bono seriously injured his back during rehearsals, forcing the band to cancel numerous dates, including a headliner billet at this year's Glastonbury.

"This band is like a family. It's a family business, U2. I am the prodigal son." Bono told the crowd during the concert. "I would like to thank my brothers for their patience."

The tour, which originally launched in June of 2009, isn't set to wrap up until next year now, with the North American leg being pushed back into 2011 due to Bono's injury.

As a part of their performance, the band debuted two new tracks, 'North Star Acoustic' and 'Glastonbury.' McGuinness hinted that the new material may be part of a new album which could be forthcoming as early as the end of 2010, although this seems unlikely with the band on the road for much of the rest of the year.

"There’s a mixture of material available now," McGuinness told Dublin's Hot Press. "Some of it’s been recorded. Some of it is called Songs Of Ascent, then there’s Spiderman material, then there’s some new stuff. I mean, Bono’s always a bit over-optimistic on these occasions, but I heard him telling an Italian journalist that he had four albums ready. That’s not quite it! But that’s what he was saying."

According to the Telegraph. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers