Due to an unspecified illness, Bruce Springsteen has canceled two concerts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The news was made on the 73-year-old rock icon’s social media platforms just hours before his scheduled performance. “Bruce Springsteen’s concerts with The E Street Band at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on August 16 and 18 have been postponed due to his illness,” a tweet sent to Springsteen’s official Twitter account says. “We are working on rescheduling the dates, so please hold on to your tickets as they will still be valid for the rescheduled shows.” The cancellation comes only days after Springsteen launched his 2023 world tour with a high-profile performance at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. His next live show with the E Street Band is set on August 24 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. This is the latest in a series of recent health-related concerns for Springsteen, who canceled three consecutive tour dates in March due to an unexplained ailment.
After contracting COVID-19, Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, canceled their appearance at the American Music Honors in April. According to Variety, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was planning to gift the pair with a proclamation recognizing September 23, 2023—Springsteen’s birthday—as “Bruce Springsteen Day” throughout the state. The expanded North American leg of Bruce Springsteen’s world tour is set to run until the end of December, including dates in both the United States and Canada. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer chose not to bring an opening act for this round of appearances, giving him extra time to deliver his career-spanning set. Springsteen’s official website has a complete list of forthcoming concert dates as well as supplementary ticketing information.