Bruce Springsteen Cancels All 2023 Shows
Bruce Springsteen has decided to reschedule all of his remaining 2023 concert dates to the following year. This decision comes after he had previously postponed his September shows in order to seek treatment for a stomach ulcer condition.
In a message shared on his social media platforms, it was explained that Springsteen has been steadily recovering from his stomach ulcer ailment over the past few weeks. Based on his doctor’s recommendations, he will continue receiving medical treatment throughout the remainder of the year. To err on the side of caution, all of Springsteen and the E Street Band’s remaining 2023 tour dates will be moved to 2024.
New dates for the 2023 concerts, including the ones that were originally scheduled for September but postponed, will be announced next week. These rescheduled performances will take place at the same venues as originally planned. Tickets that have already been purchased will remain valid for the new dates.
Additionally, ticket holders who cannot attend the rescheduled shows will have a 30-day window to request a refund. Springsteen expressed his gratitude to his friends and fans, saying:
“Thanks to all my friends and fans for your good wishes, encouragement and support. I’m on the mend and can’t wait to see you all next year.”
Challenges Faced During Springsteen’s 2023 Tour
Springsteen kicked off his current tour in February, marking his return to the stage with the E Street Band after an absence of nearly six years. Prior to the tour’s commencement, he faced criticism for the high cost of tickets, with some exceeding $5,000.
The tour encountered its share of difficulties once it began. Some members of the E Street Band had to miss shows in February and March due to COVID-19 and other undisclosed health issues. Guitarist Steven Van Zandt reassured fans on social media at the time, stating:
“No need to be anxious or afraid. Just a temporary situation. We will all be back in full force very soon.”
Certain fans have also voiced disappointment over the repetition of Springsteen’s setlist each night during the current tour, in contrast to the varied song selections he has featured in past tours. This, combined with the high ticket prices, has left some longtime fans less enthusiastic about the Boss’ latest journey.
Nonetheless, Springsteen’s 2023 tour continued to see him deliver marathon performances that approached three hours in length. Van Zandt defended the tour, saying to radio host Kyle Meredith:
“Anybody measuring the show by the number of songs or the amount of time spent onstage ain’t listening! This ain’t about numbers — it’s about an emotional experience.”