After previously postponing all his September shows due to struggling with peptic ulcer disease, Bruce Springsteen has now put off all of his remaining shows for 2023, saying they will be pushed back to next year. Makeup dates will be announced next week, his reps said.
Tickets for postponed performances will remain valid for the soon-to-be announced dates, and refunds will be offered for anyone who can’t make the rescheduled concerts if they submit requests within 30 days of the 2024 shows being announced.
“Thanks to all my friends and fans for your good wishes, encouragement, and support,” Springsteen said in a statement posted on social media. “I’m on the mend and can’t wait to see you all next year.”
Reps said that Springsteen is on the mend with ongoing treatment, and that all the dates for the tour — which originally were to wrap up in mid-December — were being postponed “out of to an abundance of caution.”
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Springsteen’s health issues first became apparent to fans when there was a last-minute postpone of shows in Philadelphia August 16 and 18, with the nature of his illness going unspecified at the time. Those Philly shows were immediately pushed back to August 21 and 23, 2024, even as he quickly went back on the road with his usual epic setlists, playing shows lasting as long as three hours at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.
But that return to the stage did not last long, as on Sept. 6 his organization announced that all of his remaining September concert dates would be delayed until next year, and peptic ulcer disease was revealed to be the source of his affliction. Springsteen already had a lull set after that in his and the E Street Band’s touring schedule, taking the month of October off, so for the time being it was assumed that he might return to the road in November to complete the last six weeks of the U.S. tour, as scheduled.
Wednesday’s announcement makes it clear that Springsteen cannot put such an early deadline on his complete recovery from the illness. The makeup dates for the scotched September still had not been announced, so when the 2024 replacement gigs are announced in one fell swoop, it will represent about nine weeks’ worth of touring that is being rescheduled.
The postponement happened suddenly enough that Springsteen’s official tour page still lists the shows that have just been taken off the books, which were to have found him resuming the tour Nov. 3 in Vancouver, BC and spending nearly the entire month of November in Canada. He was set to return to the U.S. with a Nov. 30 gig in Phoenix, followed by California shows in San Diego, Inglewood and San Francisco in the first two weeks of December.
The only concerts Springsteen and his band definitely have on the calendar at the moment are those makeup shows in Philadelphia next August, so it’s unknown as of yet whether the artist will be rescheduling all his postponed dates in the summer or later or might be getting an earlier start.
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