The Boss is taking a break
Bruce Springsteen, the legendary rock singer and songwriter, has announced that he and his band, the E Street Band, have postponed all their performances scheduled for September 2023. The reason for the postponement is that Springsteen is being treated for symptoms of peptic ulcer disease, a condition that causes painful sores in the lining of the stomach or the first part of the small intestine.
Springsteen shared the news on his social media accounts on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, expressing his disappointment and gratitude to his fans. He wrote:
The announcement also comes after Springsteen had to cancel two shows in Philadelphia in August due to an undisclosed illness. No further details about his condition or treatment have been revealed.
The impact on the tour
The postponed shows include Syracuse, New York (Sept. 7); Baltimore, Maryland (Sept. 9); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Sept. 12 and 14); Uncasville, Connecticut (Sept. 16); Albany, New York (Sept. 19); Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 21); and Washington, DC (Sept. 29). According to his website, ticketholders will receive information regarding rescheduled dates for the postponed shows.
The tour is expected to resume on Nov. 3 in Vancouver, Canada. Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their 2023 tour on Feb. 1 in Tampa, Florida. Since then, they have performed in various cities across North America and Europe, playing songs from their latest album Letter to You as well as classic hits from their extensive catalog.
The tour marks the first time that the band has toured internationally since 2017, and their first U.S. tour dates since 2016.
The reaction from the fans
Springsteen’s fans have expressed their concern and support for the singer on social media, wishing him a speedy recovery and hoping to see him back on stage soon. Some of the messages from his followers are:
- @jessica_rose: “Sending you lots of love and prayers Bruce! You are the best and we can’t wait to see you rock again!”
- @dave_miller: “Bruce, you are a legend and an inspiration to millions of people. Take care of yourself and get well soon. We’ll be here waiting for you.”
- @lisa_smith: “Bruce, you have given us so much joy and happiness with your music. We hope you feel better soon and we look forward to seeing you live again.”
Springsteen has not responded to any of the messages yet, but his fans are hopeful that he will make a full recovery and return to his passion of performing live.