Fans of Bruce Springsteen were ecstatic to hear he and the E Street Band had launched a 2023 tour.
But fans were soon disappointed by changes to the tour dates.
That’s because Bruce Springsteen just canceled another concert due to a mystery illness.
Albany, New York fans of “The Boss” were disappointed recently to find out Springsteen had canceled his show there.
First major tour in six years
In fact, the Albany cancellation was the third in a row by the New Jersey rock icon, who cited “illness” as the reason in a tweet but did not give any specifics.
The postponements come just a month into Springsteen’s first major tour in six years.
“The Boss,” as he is known to his millions of loyal fans, also took sick days when they were supposed to perform in Columbus, Ohio, and for a scheduled concert at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
This was not the kind of start the iconic singer and songwriter wanted for his tour.
Details about the cancellations were sadly lacking in Springsteen’s social media posts.
The Twitter feed blamed the latest postponement on illness, but it did not specify who was ill, what kind of illness was involved, or how long it might last.
“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 post read. “We are working on rescheduling the date so please hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled show.”
We will be back
However, fans were heartened when E Street Band member and Sopranos star Little Steven Van Zandt weighed in on the situation.
Van Zandt wrote an encouraging message about the concert postponements on Twitter, saying there was “no need to be anxious or afraid. Nothing serious. Just a temporary situation. We will all be back in full force very soon.”
Springsteen, 73, began the highly anticipated tour on February 1 in Tampa, Florida, in front of 20,000 fans.
The fans mostly stood throughout the entire 28-song arena show that included classics like Born to Run, Glory Days, Rosalita, Promised Land, and Backstreets.
But in a story last month that started with, “COVID has come to E Street,” the Asbury Park Press reported that E Street Band members Van Zandt and Soozie Tyrell missed a February 10 show in Dallas due to COVID.
The newspaper, quoting one of the Dallas concert’s attendees, said Springsteen spoke from the stage and blamed their absences on COVID.
And in his Twitter feed at the time, Van Zandt responded to a fan who asked why he missed the show with, “sorry folks. Covid.”
He added that he had “a very mild case” and said “no real danger or damage.”
“Only the Strong Survive”
Van Zandt returned to the tour soon afterward.
The setbacks come just months after Springsteen released his latest album, Only the Strong Survive, last November.
The world renowned and hugely popular musician has sold more 140 million albums while winning 20 Grammys, an Oscar, and a Tony award in a career that has spanned six decades and appears to still be going strong.
The first leg of his U.S. tour was set to end with an April 14 homecoming concert in New Jersey before the band heads abroad starting with an April 28 show in Barcelona, Spain.
As this article goes to press, word has begun leaking out that Springsteen has rescheduled the missed concert dates.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.