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Bruce Springsteen postpones two gigs after being “taken ill”

Two gigs in Philadelphia are to be rescheduled

By Will Richards

Bruce Springsteen onstage at Roskilde Festival, Denmark, 2012
Springsteen will tour the world in 2023. (Photo: Bill Ebbesen/Wikimedia Commons)

Bruce Springsteen has postponed a pair of gigs in Philadelphia after being “taken ill”.

The legendary singer is currently on a 2023 world tour with the E Street Band, and has begun a second North American leg recently.

Springsteen was set to play a first show at Philadephia’s Citizens Bank Park last night (August 16) and another tomorrow (August 18), but both have now been postponed due to ill health.

“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 statement on the singer’s social media accounts read.

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

Earlier in the tour, Springsteen also had to postpone three March gigs due to another bout of illness, while a number of his band members have also dropped out of certain tour stops due to positive COVID tests.

“After six years, I’m looking forward to seeing our great and loyal fans next year,” Springsteen said in a statement about his 2023 tour. “And I’m looking forward to once again sharing the stage with the legendary E Street Band. See you out there, next year — and beyond.”

In 2021, Springsteen became the latest artist to sell off the masters and publishing rights to his entire back catalogue in a hugely lucrative deal.

The Boss struck a $500 million (£377 million) agreement with Sony Music, giving the label total control over his musical life’s work, which encompasses 20 studio albums, more than 300 songs, 7 EPs and 23 live records.