Bruce Springsteen cancels European tour dates over health issue as doctors say 'do not perform'

Bruce Springsteen in Sunderland
-Credit: (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Bruce Springsteen has been compelled to call off a series of tour dates due to a significant health concern, with medical professionals advising him against performing.

The 74 year old was obliged to delay a performance in Marseille on Saturday "due to vocal issues", according to an Instagram post on his account. It further stated that "further examination and consulting has led doctors to determine that Bruce should not perform for the next 10 days."

His European stadium tour is now expected to recommence on June 12 in Madrid. "Additional postponements are required for Airport Letnany in Prague (originally scheduled for May 28) and San Siro Stadium in Milan (originally scheduled for June 1 and 3)," the statement continued.

The statement went on to say: "New dates for these shows will be announced shortly. Those wishing a refund will be able to obtain it at their original point of purchase. Bruce is recuperating comfortably, and he and the E Street Band look forward to resuming their hugely successful European stadium tour on June 12 in Madrid at the magnificent Civitas Metropolitan.", reports the Mirror.

Fans have been sending heartfelt messages to Bruce on social media, wishing him a swift recovery. One individual posted on X: "Hope The Boss recovers Soon. Thinking of you Bruce."

Another commented: "Hope Bruce feels better soon. I'm sure they didn't make this decision lightly as they know this inconveniences a significant number of fans, including many travelling from far away places."

A third simply said: "Oh no!"

Bruce had previously postponed concerts planned for March 2023 and rescheduled dates from August last year in the US due to illness. His first major tour in six years included a headline performance at London's Hyde Park in July 2023.

The iconic singer and his E Street Band had performed at Sunderland's Stadium of Light on Wednesday, where he acknowledged the less than ideal weather conditions. At the Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday, Bruce remarked: "We just came on the plane came out of plane in Sunderland last night, hellacious weather."

"Driving rain storm, the wind blowing, blowing, blowing, and standing, standing in front of me, in the rain, I realised: These are my people."

Following the presentation of his Ivors Academy fellowship by Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce delighted the crowd with a rendition of his classic hit Thunder Road. He had been announced as the first international recipient of the prestigious fellowship prior to the ceremony.