Bruce Springsteen’s scheduled performance Tuesday in Albany has become the third concert in a week postponed by the New Jersey rocker, who cited illness as the reason in a tweet Sunday but did not provide details.
The postponements come a month into Springsteen’s first major tour in six years.
“The Boss,” as he’s known to his fans, gave himself and the E Street Band sick days last Thursday when they were scheduled to perform in Columbus, Ohio, and again for a scheduled concert Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Details were lacking in Springsteen’s social media posts. Although the Twitter feed blamed the latest postponement on illness, it did not specify who was sick or what kind of illness was involved.
It only said: “Due to illness, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s concert at the MVP Arena in Albany on Tuesday, March 14, has been postponed. We are working to reschedule the date, so hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled show.”
The post made no mention of a major winter storm that will hit Albany late Monday.
On Saturday, E Street Band member Little Steven Van Zandt posted an encouraging message about the concert postponements on Twitter, saying, “No need to be anxious or afraid. Nothing serious. Just a temporary situation. We will all be back in full force very soon.”
Springsteen, 73, began the tour Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla., before 20,000 fans who mostly stood throughout the 28-song arena show that included such staples as “Born to Run,” “Glory Days,” “Rosalita,” “Promised” Land » and «Backstreets».
In a story last month that began “COVID has come to E Street,” the Asbury Park Press reported that E Street Band members Van Zandt and Soozie Tyrell missed a Feb. 10 show in Dallas.
The newspaper, quoting one of the spectators, said that Springsteen blamed their absence from the stage on COVID-19.
In his Twitter feed at the time, Van Zandt responded to a fan who asked why he missed the show with, “Sorry guys. Covid.”
He added that he had “a very mild case,” credited his vaccines and added, “No real danger or harm.” He returned to the tour soon after.
The setbacks come several months after Springsteen released his latest album, Only the Strong Survive, in November.
The celebrated musician has sold some 140 million albums while winning 20 Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony Award in a career that has spanned all or part of six decades.
The first leg of his US tour is set to conclude with a homecoming on April 14 in New Jersey before the band heads overseas, kicking off with a show on April 28 in Barcelona, Spain. Springsteen will then return for more US concert dates this summer, including an appearance at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and other dates into December.