Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Real Story of Bruce Springsteen’s Illness: “It’s very painful and taking a longer time to heal” (Exclusive)


As you may have heard, Bruce Springsteen has cancelled the rest of his shows in 2023. He’d already cancelled everything in September.

Springsteen will miss touring Canada and the West Coast. All the 2023 shows will get new dates in 2024.

The reason given in September for the cancelled shows was that Bruce, who seems indomitable, was suffering from a peptic ulcer. Fans worried that it was something worse or that maybe it was a cover story for someone else in his family.

But I’ve spoken to an E Street insider who says it is Bruce who’s ill. “It’s taken longer to heal than he thought,” my source says. “It’s very painful, and why risk anything? Once he’s feeling better, the band will go out and play.”

Bruce turned 74 years old this past week, and is a workhorse. He looks like the picture of health, as people used to say. But a sharp pain in the stomach would deter even Zeus from hopping all over a stage!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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