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Veteran rocker Bruce Springsteen has decided to postpone the rest of his September concerts with the E Street Band as he seeks treatment for peptic ulcer disease, a gastrointestinal condition affecting the stomach or the initial part of the small intestine.
The 73-year-old musician relayed the news to his followers through an official statement on his verified Instagram account on Wednesday. Citing advice from his medical team, Springsteen acknowledged that addressing his health concerns necessitated the deferment of his September line-up of shows.
The "Born to Run" singer also shared a heartfelt message to his fans expressing regret over the unforeseen circumstance. He affirmed, “We’re heartbroken to have to postpone these shows. Thank you for your understanding and support. We'll be back soon to continue the great times we've been enjoying at our US shows.”
Adding a personal touch to address the disappointment of fans who were eagerly waiting for the performances, Springsteen promised to return, with an assurance to “pick these shows up and then some.”
Peptic ulcer disease, the ailment Springsteen is grappling with, is characterized by the emergence of open sores or ulcers in the stomach or initial segment of the small intestine, often attributed to a bacterial infection that erodes the protective lining of the digestive system, as detailed by the Cleveland Clinic.
The E Street Band, synchronized to echo Springsteen’s potent lyrics with their instruments, had a series of eight concerts slated through the end of September. The unforeseen health issue arrived just ahead of their scheduled performance in Syracuse this Thursday. Notably, their most recent performance was at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just last Sunday.
This update on Springsteen’s health condition and the consequent postponement follows an earlier cancellation of two shows in the middle of the previous month, where "The Boss" had conveyed that he had “taken ill.”
As fans express concerns and send well wishes, they can stay tuned for information on the rescheduling of the concerts, as the announcement assured that details on new dates will be released in due course.
While the hiatus is disappointing for many, the universal sentiment remains one of understanding and well-wishes for Springsteen’s quick recovery. The star’s candid update and promise to return with more riveting performances have left fans hoping for healthier days and more electrifying nights of music ahead.
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