Springsteen cancels over vocal issues after 'hellacious weather' at Stadium of Light

Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light. <i>(Image: DAVE LAWRENCE)</i>
Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light. (Image: DAVE LAWRENCE)

Bruce Springsteen has cancelled a slew of dates due to “vocal issues” - days after his appearance at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

The US singer, 74, and his E Street Band had played at the stadium Wednesday, where he admitted previously the weather was particularly wet.

As Springsteen was honoured at London’s Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday, he said: “We just came out of the plane in Sunderland last night, (it was) hellacious weather.

The Northern Echo: Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.
The Northern Echo: Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

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

Springsteen also treated the audience to his song Thunder Road, following Sir Paul McCartney presenting him with his Ivors Academy fellowship.

Springsteen's highly anticipated show at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland got off to a bad start with delays due to awful weather.

Fans were queued up in the lashing rain as they waited to see the superstar live. Many struggled to get to the stadium due to issues at the Metro in Sunderland. The show was delayed after attendance in the stadium looked sparse.

The Northern Echo: Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.
The Northern Echo: Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

Arriving in Sunderland for the first time in 12 years, The Boss was meant to be greeted by the cheers of 45,000 people.

The artist was previously named the first international songwriter to be inducted into the fellowship before the ceremony took place.

On Saturday, he was forced to postpone a date at Marseille “due to vocal issues”, an Instagram post on his account said, “further examination and consulting has led doctors to determine that Bruce should not perform for the next 10 days”.

The Northern Echo: Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.
The Northern Echo: Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

His European stadium tour is now set to resume 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 also said.

“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.”

Springsteen previously rescheduled dates last year in August in the US after being taken ill and over other issues cancelled planned concerts in March 2023.

The Northern Echo: Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.
The Northern Echo: Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

His first major tour in six years saw him play a headline gig in London’s Hyde Park in July 2023.


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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."

The Northern Echo: Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.
The Northern Echo: Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.