It may be Bruce Springsteen haunting Philadelphia drugstores, as his being under the weather was cited as the reason for postponing two shows that were supposed to take place in the city. An announcement on his X/Twitter page said that concerts on Wednesday and Friday would have to be rebooked.
“Due to Bruce Springsteen’s illness, his concerts with the E Street Band at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on August 16th and 18th have been postponed,” the social media account said. “We are working on rescheduling the dates, so please hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled shows.”
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Springsteen has some time to recover before the next dates on the tour are affected. The band’s next scheduled concert date is just over a week away – August 24 and 26 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
The Philadelphia News marks the third time this year that the illness has been cited as a postponement or cancellation, though it’s not clear that Springsteen himself became ill in every case. Back in March, three concerts — in Albany, Columbus, and Uncasville, CT — were postponed and rescheduled for September, “due to illness,” without elaborating.
In April, Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa had to cancel their appearance when they were diagnosed with COVID, even though it came during a lull in the tour and no actual concerts were affected. both of them He missed the inaugural American Music Honors Awards in New Jersey—a fundraiser for the Springsteen Archives and the Center for American Music at Monmouth University—after testing positive the day after the last show on the first leg of the 2023 US tour. They videotaped an acceptance speech instead, claiming to be fine despite diagnosis, and the pair returned to work without incident when the tour resumed two weeks later.
Some dates on the 2023 tour have gone through with members of the E Street Band missing in action. Steven Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren missed solo shows and Susie Terrell and Jake Clemons missed two shows each in the first weeks of the tour, which began on February 1.
Springsteen and the E Street Band have a fairly full itinerary for the rest of the year, with the exception of October, when they go all out. The 2023 Tour veers toward the East Coast through the end of September, then picks up in Canada after the November break. He finally arrives in Southwest for the wrap up of a US tour in the first half of December, ending with shows in San Francisco on December 10th and 12th.
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