Bruce Springsteen postpones Philadelphia shows hours before premiere after falling ill

Bruce Springsteen postponed his tour dates in Philadelphia hours before his first concert at Citizens Bank Park.

The 73-year-old rock icon’s official social media accounts announced on Wednesday (August 16) that the president has “fallen ill.”

“Due to Bruce Springsteen’s illness, his concerts with The E Street Band at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on August 16 and 18 have been postponed,” the statement read.

“We are working on rescheduling the dates, so please hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled shows.”

Springsteen and the E Street Band were scheduled to perform the pair of concerts at Citizens Bank Park as part of 22 new stops on their 2023 concert tour.

The tour, which includes 90 shows in total, kicked off on February 1 in Tampa, Florida, marking the first time since 2017 that Springsteen and the E Street Band have toured together, and is scheduled to conclude on December 12 in San Francisco, California.

The musician recently returned to London for the first time since 2016. In her five-star review of The IndependentAnnabelle Nugent wrote: “How and why after all these years the musician, now 73, still desires to put himself in such a physically exhausting set is a mystery but he serves the 65,000 people in the crowd tonight well. From the moment he arrived He and the E Street Band immediately on stage at 7pm it was an amazing race to the finish line.

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“…again, I ask myself: Has anyone on earth ever progressed better than Bruce Springsteen?”

In a recent interview, fellow rock legend Paul McCartney said he blames Springsteen for setting fan expectations when it comes to long-running live performances.

“Now you can’t do an hour. We used to do the half hour. That was the Beatles thing—the half hour, and we got paid for it,” McCartney said. The Beatles show, we were so on and off. It doesn’t seem strange.”

“Now, people will do three or four hours. I blame Bruce Springsteen—I told him that, and I said, ‘It’s your fault,'” he added.

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