Rock icon Bruce Springsteen has been forced to cancel all remaining shows for 2023 due to ongoing health issues.
The news comes as a shock to the music world, as The Boss has been a constant presence on the live stage for decades. However, it appears that even rock legends are not immune to the challenges of health and well-being.
The 74-year-old icon previously disclosed his health concerns in a message posted on his official website and social media channels, revealing that he and The E Street Band had made the decision to postpone all performances for September as Springsteen is treated for symptoms of peptic ulcer disease.
“Over here on E Street, we’re heartbroken to have to postpone these shows,” he told fans at the time.
“First, apologies to our fabulous Philly fans who we missed a few weeks ago. We’ll be back to pick these shows up and then some. Thank you for your understanding and support. We’ve been having a blast at our U.S. shows and we’re looking forward to more great times. We’ll be back soon.”
Although the initial delay was intended to be brief, it now seems that the shows will face an extended hiatus with Springsteen recently announcing he will not be geting back on the stage with the E Street Band until next year.
“Bruce Springsteen has continued to recover steadily from peptic ulcer disease over the past few weeks and will continue treatment through the rest of the year on doctor’s advice,” Springsteen’s said in his latest update.
“With this in mind, and out of an abundance of caution, all remaining 2023 tour dates for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will be postponed until 2024.
“Rescheduled dates for each of the 2023 shows, including those postponed earlier this month, will be announced next week, all taking place at their originally scheduled venues.
“When the new 2024 dates are announced, those unable to attend on the new date who purchased their tickets through official ticketing companies have 30 days to request a refund. All tickets for postponed performances will remain valid for the newly announced dates.”
Springsteen added his gratitude 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.”
Following Springsteen’s update, fans quickly united to offer messages of support and well-wishes, many expressing their hope for his swift recovery.
Wishing you a speedy recovery ❤️❤️❤️
— Victoria❣️ Life of V (@LifeofV42) September 27, 2023
Get better soon, Bruce! pic.twitter.com/F6pU9RyLbF
— Karl Kaufman (@thekarlkaufman) September 27, 2023
Get well soon Boss x
— Robbie Scowls (@RScowler) September 27, 2023
Get well soon Boss can’t wait to see you next year!
— King B.A.V. (@KingBAV) September 27, 2023
I hope you feel better soon. Speaking for all your fans who love you, we understand and want you to heal and feel better! As you once told me circa 1984, “stay tough!”
— drummergrrrl (@drummergrrrl) September 27, 2023
According to Mayo Clinic, peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine with the most common symptom being stomach pain.
Although Springsteen won’t be captivating crowds with his exhilarating shows at the moment, he surprised crowds at a recent Coldplay concert in his hometown of New Jersey when he appeared on stage to perform two songs alongside the British band.
Before the pair rocked out together, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, teased the crowd with a firework display, saying there was “magic…[in] the building”.
“I have a tattoo on my arm, which is because this person is my hero,” Martin said.
“And please welcome — I can’t believe we get to say it — but please welcome Mr. Bruce Springsteen.”
The Boss was met with uproarious cheers from the crowd, chanting: “Bruuuce”, while he hugged Martin.
“Thank you! Hello, New Jersey,” Springsteen said from the stage.
“Chris said he’s had this song tattooed on his arm for a while, so, I guess I’ve got to sing it with him.”
— David P. Samson (@DavidPSamson) June 6, 2022
Springsteen and Martin then jammed out together with the band as they performed the song tattooed on Martin’s arm – Working on a Dream.
Following that, they treated the audience to an acoustic rendition of Springsteen’s 1984 smash hit, Dancing in the Dark, from his chart-topping album, Born in the USA.