Bruce Springsteen has been hitting the road on and off with the E Street Band since the 1970’s, bringing his electric live act to millions of fans across the world.
After a six year hiatus from touring, the Springsteen and E Street Band 2023 Tour was set to be their big return to the stage. However, Springsteen’s peptic ulcer disease diagnosis has brought the tour to a halt for the time being.
It appears that his fans will have to wait a while longer to see The Boss in concert. Springsteen has recently provided an update to his fans about his recent health battles that forced him to postpone several dates of the tour to 2024.
On a recent episode of his SiriusXM E Street Radio show From My Home to Yours, Springsteen introduced himself as “your favourite rock star with a b***h of a bellyache!”.
He later elaborated in the episode about the current state of his health and illness.
“Let me take a moment and thank my fans affected by our postponed shows for their understanding,” Springsteen said.
“I am deeply sorry but this belly thing, despite my ability to laugh at it, has been a monster and is still unfortunately rocking my internal world.”
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Springsteen was first forced to postpone dates back in August due to illness. Last month, he was forced to cancel all remaining September dates of the tour. Two weeks ago, he was forced to postpone all remaining dates for 2023.
The cancelled American dates of the tour have been rescheduled for 2024, with new Canadian dates due to be announced in the near future. As one of the world’s most passionate performers, the decision to cancel has not come easily for Springsteen.
“Thanks to all my friends and fans for your good wishes, encouragement, and support. I’m on the mend and can’t wait to see you all next year,” said Springsteen in a statement following the postponement of all remaining 2024 dates.
Springsteen is now 74 years old and his concerts can often last up to four hours, so the postponement is quite understandable. While touring is off the cards for now, Springsteen has confirmed that he is still recording music and a former E Street Band member has added that he expects the next album to be released in 2024.
Springsteen released an album of soul music covers titled Only The Strong Survive in 2022. He said that a sequel with the same concept was already three quarters of the way recorded in an interview with the Rolling Stone. David Sancious, who formerly played keyboard in the E Street Band, later stated that he would appear on the record and he expected to tour in 2024.
Despite the disappointing news, it appears that Springsteen fans still have something to look forward to on the horizon!