Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has postponed three U.S. tour dates due to illness, the musician’s Twitter page announced on Sunday. The postponements come just days after two shows in Uncasville, Connecticut, and Columbus, Ohio were also delayed.
The latest postponement affects Springsteen’s Tuesday performance in Albany, New York. “Due to illness, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s concert at MVP Arena in Albany on Tuesday, March 14 has been postponed,” the statement reads. “We are working on rescheduling the date so please hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled show.”
Due to illness, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s concert at MVP Arena in Albany on Tuesday, March 14 has been postponed.
We are working on rescheduling the date so please hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled show. pic.twitter.com/CjoIFjjFnO
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 12, 2023
Springsteen, 73, began his first tour in six years on February 1, playing some of his biggest hits like “Born to Run” and “Glory Days”. He was accompanied by members of The E Street Band, including Steven Van Zandt, Nils Lofgren, Jake Clemons, and Soozie Tyrell.
When asked about the postponements, Van Zandt hinted that the delay was due to COVID-19. “No need to be anxious or afraid,” he tweeted. “Nothing serious. Just a temporary situation. We will all be back in full force very soon.”
No need to be anxious or afraid. Nothing serious. Just a temporary situation. We will all be back in full force very soon. https://t.co/tsxNJRIl2c
— 🕉🇺🇦Stevie Van Zandt☮️💙 (@StevieVanZandt) March 11, 2023
The Asbury Park Press reported that multiple members of The E Street Band have missed shows due to COVID-19, including Van Zandt, Lofgren, Clemons, and Tyrell. During one show, Springsteen joked about Clemons’ absence due to the virus, saying that he was back at the hotel eating barbecue and watching pornographic films.
Despite the setbacks, Springsteen has no plans to retire just yet. During an interview on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show last year, he said he “can’t imagine” retiring and pointed to artists like Johnny Cash and Pete Seeger as examples of musicians who managed to perform well into their later years.
“I have so many different kinds of music that I can play and do,” he said. “The Broadway show I can do for the rest of my life in one form or another if I wanted to. I can’t imagine retirement, no.”
It is unclear when Springsteen’s three postponed shows will be rescheduled. Fans have been asked to hold on to their tickets, as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates.