Fans are rallying around Bruce Springsteen after he was forced to postpone multiple September tour dates due to peptic ulcer disease. The announcement came weeks after the “Born in the U.S.A.” singer battled an illness in mid-August.
What Is Peptic Ulcer Disease?
Bruce’s team shared a statement regarding his sickness as he was gearing up to perform several shows on the East Coast.
“Mr. Springsteen is being treated for symptoms of peptic ulcer disease and the decision of his medical advisors is that he should postpone the remainder of his September shows,” the September 6 post read.
Peptic ulcer disease is caused by “open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach and the upper portion of your small intestine,” per Mayo Clinic. A common symptom of the condition is stomach pain.
Bruce Springsteen Breaks His Silence Amid Health Concerns
Bruce, 73, also commented on his condition and promised to make it up to his fans who had tickets to his canceled shows.
“Over here on E Street, we’re heartbroken to have to postpone these shows,” he said in a statement. “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.”
This is the second time in recent weeks that health setbacks have sidelined the hitmaker and his band.
“Due to Bruce Springsteen having been taken ill, his concerts with The E Street Band at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on August 16 and 18 have been postponed,” a previous statement from Bruce’s team read.
No further details about the Grammy winner’s condition were provided at the time. Bruce is currently in the middle of his first tour in six years with the E Street Band, performing his biggest hits across the U.S.
The group is set to head to Canada on November 3 to start the international leg of their tour. Bruce’s longtime wife, Patti Scialfa, has joined him on stage for the shows. She did not immediately speak out about her husband’s condition.
Earlier this year, Bruce postponed three tour dates in March “due to illness” in Uncasville, Connecticut, Albany, New York and Columbus, Ohio. That week, E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt updated fans on the situation.
“No need to be anxious or afraid. Nothing serious,” the guitarist tweeted. “Just a temporary situation. We will all be back in full force very soon.”
In April, Bruce and Patti, 70, contracted COVID-19 and were forced to miss the inaugural American Music Honors.
“They’re alive. Don’t overreact,” Jon Stewart told the crowd at the event. “You can still see them in concert. They’re home sitting by the fire eating French onion soup.”
As promised, Bruce and his band returned to the stage like they never left. The bestselling artist drew an A-list crowd in London’s Hyde Park in early July.
Will Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Reschedule Missed Shows?
Luckily for fans, Bruce’s team is working hard to make up for the missed concert dates.
“We are working on rescheduling the dates so please hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled shows,” his team shared on Instagram.