Bruce Springsteen announced Thursday that he’s postponing the remainder of his September shows with the E Street Band because he’s undergoing treatment for peptic ulcer disease.
The postponements, beginning with Friday’s show in Syracuse, New York, come at the advice of Springsteen’s medical advisers overseeing his treatment for the condition.
“Over here on E Street, we’re heartbroken to have to postpone these shows,” the 20-time Grammy Award winner said in a statement. “We’ll be back to pick these shows up and then some. Thank you for your understanding and support. We’ve been having a blast at our U.S. shows and we’re looking forward to more great times.”
Peptic ulcer disease involves painful sores developing in the stomach or small intestine, often as a result of a bacterial infection destroying the digestive system’s protective mucus lining.
The announcement comes just after Springsteen, 73, and the E Street Band finished a set of three shows in his home state of New Jersey. They had September shows scheduled in a number of cities, including Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Washington, D.C.
The Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee is one of the bestselling artists of all time. He’s released 21 studio albums, most recently 2022’s “Only the Strong Survive.” When Howard Stern asked him in a recent interview if he’s thinking about retirement, Springsteen gave an answer sure to please his fans.
“I can’t imagine it,” Springsteen responded. “I don’t know if I’ll be doing three-hour shows, but I have so many different kinds of music that I can play or do.”