Bruce Springsteen forced to cancel first tour date after rain soaked Sunderland gig

Bruce Springsteen has been forced to postpone his first tour date after his rain soaked Sunderland gig, with the music legend advised no to perform on doctor's orders.

A crowd over around 40,000 still packed into the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, May 22 to see The Boss and The E Street Band, despite the incessant rain before, during and after the show, as Met Office predictions for heavy downpours in the North East sadly, proved to be spot on. While many fans were covered in waterproofs and ponchos, ever the rock star, Bruce braved the elements in clothing not entirely suitable for the horrendous weather, as he stood uncovered at the front of the stage and ventured down into the crowd on numerous occasions.

The constant rain did little to dampen spirits but, just like a number of fans, who have been left slightly under the weather since getting drenched in Sunderland, it looks like the conditions may have also taken their toll on Bruce. The day after his first Wearside performance in 12 years, Bruce headed to London for this year's Ivor Novello awards, where he was presented with the Academy fellowship by Beatles great Sir Paul McCartney.

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After delighting fans in the UK and Ireland, Bruce was due on stage in Marseilles on May 25, however, the show at the Orange Vélodrome didn't go ahead as planned, with a statement posted on Bruce's social media reading: "Due to vocal issues and under doctor's direction, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's concert this evening at the Orange Vélodrome in Marseille has been postponed to a later date."

It added: "We thank you for your understanding and will keep you informed of the new date very soon. Show tickets will be valid for the new date and, for those who want, they will be eligible for reimbursement at point of purchase.”

Bruce mentioned Sunderland the weather in his acceptance speech at the Novellos, saying: "We came out last night, and I was like: what is this weather? Driving rain, wind roaring. But standing in front of me, in the rain, I realised: these are my people.”