Hold onto your hats, music lovers, because the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, is facing a bit of a setback. It seems like the rock ‘n’ roll legend might be taking an unplanned detour to the pharmacy aisle in Philadelphia. Why, you ask? Well, it turns out that Bruce’s health isn’t quite up to par, and that’s causing a shuffle in the schedule. Brace yourselves, as two much-anticipated shows in the city of brotherly love are getting a rain check.
So, what’s the word from the horse’s mouth? The official scoop came straight from Bruce Springsteen’s X/Twitter page. In a message that resonated with a touch of disappointment, it was shared, “Folks, we’ve hit a bit of a speed bump. Due to some unexpected health woes, we’ve got to hit pause on the upcoming gigs. Those dates you had marked for August 16 and 18 at Citizens Bank Park? Yeah, we’re going to have to push those down the road a bit.” Fans were given a comforting assurance that their tickets will still be golden when the new showtime arrives.
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But hey, let’s not hit the panic button just yet. The good news is that Bruce has a little breathing room before the next set of tour dates starts getting wobbly. For those of you eagerly counting down the days, fret not. The next shows on the docket are just a hop, skip, and a jump away, lined up for August 24 and 26 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Now, before you think this is just par for the course, remember that it’s not the first time this year that health has thrown a curveball at the tour schedule. This marks the third occasion in 2023 where health concerns have tangoed with Bruce Springsteen’s tour plans. But hold your horses; it’s worth noting that not every instance was a direct hit on the Boss’s health. Back in March, concerts in Albany, Columbus, and Uncasville, CT were put on ice and rescheduled due to some mystery illnesses.
April had a different tune, as both Bruce Springsteen and his partner-in-crime, Patti Scialfa, found themselves battling the notorious COVID-19. The duo missed out on an event, but the silver lining was that it happened during a break in the tour. Lucky for fans, no live shows suffered. Despite their positive diagnosis, they sent their greetings via a video acceptance speech, reassuring everyone that they were keeping their chins up. After a two-week break, they were back in action, proving that the show must go on.
Let’s not forget the twists and turns of the tour itself. There were a few instances where the E Street Band found themselves one or two members short. Whether it was Steven Van Zandt, Nils Lofgren, Soozie Tyrell, or Jake Clemons taking a timeout, the show managed to groove on.
Looking ahead, Bruce Springsteen and his merry band have quite the journey planned, with a break penciled in for October. The tour is making its way up and down the east coast until September bows out. After catching their breath in November, they’re heading north to Canada before wrapping up the U.S. leg in the southwest during December. It all culminates in a grand finale with shows set for December 10 and 12 in San Francisco. So, even with a few health bumps along the way, it’s safe to say that the stage is set for an unforgettable tour.