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Springsteen postpones remaining 2023 tour dates

Bruce Springsteen has postponed the remainder of his 2023 North American tour with the E Street Band “out of an abundance of caution”, as he continues his recovery from peptic ulcer disease.

The tour, which grossed $142.6m in the first half of 2023, had been due to resume in Canada at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on 3 November after the 74-year-old frontman postponed a string of September shows in the US on medical advice, and was scheduled to conclude with a three-night stand at San Francisco’s Chase Center from 8-12 December.

“Bruce Springsteen has continued to recover steadily from peptic ulcer disease over the past few weeks and will continue treatment through the rest of the year on doctor’s advice,” says a new statement. “Rescheduled dates for each of the 2023 shows, including those postponed earlier this month, will be announced next week, all taking place at their originally scheduled venues.

“I’m on the mend and can’t wait to see you all next year”

“When the new 2024 dates are announced, those unable to attend on the new date who purchased their tickets through official ticketing companies have 30 days to request a refund. All tickets for postponed performances will remain valid for the newly announced dates.”

The European tour leg wrapped up in July with more than 1.6 million tickets sold, having visited 14 countries including multi-night stands in Barcelona, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Gothenburg, Oslo, London and Copenhagen.

“Thanks to all my friends and fans for your good wishes, encouragement, and support,” adds Springsteen. “I’m on the mend and can’t wait to see you all next year.”

 


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Springsteen postpones tour dates on medical advice

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have postponed all their shows scheduled for this month on medical advice.

A statement says Springsteen is being treated for symptoms of peptic ulcer disease and has been advised to postpone the remainder of his September dates in the US.

The affected concerts include tonight’s (7 September) planned date at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, as well as Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore (9 September), Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena (12-14 September), Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville (16 September), Albany’s MVP Arena (19 September), Nationwide Arena, Columbus (21 September) and Nationals Park, Washington, DC (29 September).

“We’ll be back to pick these shows up and then some”

“Over here on E Street, we’re heartbroken to have to postpone these shows,” says the band. “First, apologies to our fabulous Philly fans who we missed a few weeks ago. We’ll be back to pick these shows up and then some. Thank you for your understanding and support. We’ve been having a blast at our US shows and we’re looking forward to more great times. We’ll be back soon.”

The tour, which grossed $142.6m in the first half of 2023, is due to resume in Canada at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on 3 November, with ticket-holders to receive information regarding rescheduled dates.

The 73-year-old frontman also postponed two gigs last month at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park after being “taken ill”. Those shows will now take place in August 2024.

The European leg of the run wrapped up in July with more than 1.6 million tickets sold. The tour visited 14 countries in Europe, including multi-night stands in Barcelona, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Gothenburg, Oslo and Copenhagen, as well as two 65,000-cap headline dates at AEG Presents’ BST Hyde Park series in London.

 


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Springsteen Germany gig hit by fake ticket scam

Hundreds of Bruce Springsteen fans were left disappointed after the tickets they bought on secondary platforms for the rocker’s show in Germany turned out to be fake.

T-Online reports that around 300 fans were caught out by the scam for The Boss’ 69,000-cap concert at Munich’s Olympic Stadium with the E Street Band on 23 July. Some people had paid up to €600 for the counterfeit tickets.

Katharina Wenisch, spokesperson for promoter Live Nation GSA, says between 200 and 300 fans were turned away with fake tickets, leading police to be informed.

According to SZ, similar reports were received in Austria regarding Springsteen’s 18 July show at Vienna’s Ernst Happel Stadium.

“The higher the desire, the greater the risk that people will buy on the secondary market if there are no more tickets from the official providers”

“The higher the desire, the greater the risk that people will buy on the secondary market if there are no more tickets from the official providers,” adds Wenisch.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s 2023 Tour was No.2 in Pollstar‘s mid-year rankings, behind only Taylor Swift, after grossing US$142.6 million (€129m) from 673,277 ticket sales in the first six months of this year. The average ticket price was $211.80.

Ticketing for the run was subject to controversy before it even began after individual tickets reached more than $5,000 via Ticketmaster’s market-based platinum pricing model when the first wave of US tour dates went on sale last summer.

The backlash prompted the 73-year-old’s manager Jon Landau to defend the pricing, insisting it was in line with shows for acts of a similar stature, while Springsteen himself told Rolling Stone: “Ticket buying has gotten very confusing, not just for the fans, but for the artists also. And the bottom line is that most of our tickets are totally affordable.”

 


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Bruce Springsteen announces 2023 UK dates

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band have announced four huge UK concerts for 2023, including two nights at BST Hyde Park.

The 72-year-old will visit Edinburgh’s BT Murrayfield Stadium (30 May), Villa Park in Birmingham (16 June) and BST in London (6&8 July). Tickets go on general sale next Thursday 21 July.

Springsteen, who is repped by CAA, last visited the UK on 2016’s The River Tour, when he played stadium dates in Manchester, Glasgow, Coventry and London.

Last week, the rocker revealed the tour’s opening US arena shows, which comprise 31 performances, starting at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on 1 February and running through to his 14 April homecoming at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The tour then heads to Europe.

“No other act in the history of Spanish concerts has sold so many tickets that fast”

More than 1.2 million tickets have already been purchased for the European leg, which kicks off at the 60,000-cap Estadi Olímpic in Barcelona on 28 April and winds up on 25 July in Italy at Prato della Gerascia, Autodromo di Monza. Many cities have added second or third stadium shows due to demand.

Spanish promoter Neo Sala at Doctor Music revealed that demand for the shows helped set a new sales record in the country.

“We went on sale on [8 June] with one Estadi Olímpic, but it sold so fast that in less than an hour we had to add a second show which continued selling equally well,” he told IQ. “By noon… we had sold more than 100,000 tickets which is an absolute record in Spain. No other act in the history of Spanish concerts has sold so many tickets that fast.”

At the conclusion of the European run, the band will begin a second to-be-announced North American tour leg in August.

Springsteen’s 2016/17’s The River Tour was the highest grossing worldwide tour of 2016, earning $268.3m over 76 shows.

 


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