Bruce Springsteen Postpones 4 Shows in Europe Due to 'Vocal Issues'

The "Born to Run" singer had returned to the stage in March after missing shows due to peptic ulcer disease

<p>John Medina/Getty </p> Bruce Springsteen performs in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 19, 2024

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Bruce Springsteen performs in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 19, 2024

Bruce Springsteen is taking a doctor-ordered break.

The "Born to Run" singer, 74, has postponed four European dates of his E Street Band 2024 World Tour due to “vocal issues.”

A statement shared on Springsteen’s Instagram account read, "Following yesterday’s postponement in Marseille due to vocal issues, further examination and consulting has led doctors to determine that Bruce should not perform for the next ten days."

The note also said the shows for Airport Letnany in Prague, Czech Republic, and San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, scheduled for May 28 and June 1 and 3, have also been postponed.

"New dates for these shows will be announced shortly," the note added along with instructions for ticket holders to request refunds from their 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,” the statement concluded.

The comment section lit up with fans expressing their well-wishes for the rock singer, leaving comments like, "Rest up Bruce, we will wait as long as needed," and "Get well soon, Boss!"

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The band kicked off their 2024 European tour on May 5 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, and is expected to play through July 24 when they visit Wembley Stadium in London, England. Throughout the tour, Springsteen also has stops in Barcelona, Spain; Nijmegen, Netherlands; Hannover, Germany; and Stockholm, Sweden; among others cities.

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In 2023, Springsteen postponed several tour dates in September due to peptic ulcer disease. He returned to the stage in March in Phoenix, Ariz.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE at the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in November, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt called the first six months of their tour “maybe our most intense ever.”

"And so we're gonna come back with that same intensity, and it's gonna be great," he teased.

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Prior to September 2023, the tour had postponed several tour dates including three in March 2023 "due to illness" and two in August 2023 because Springsteen was "taken ill."

The setlist for the tour includes a variety of songs from Springsteen’s lengthy career, including "Prove It All Night," "Born to Run" and "Badlands," as well as covers of "Because the Night" by Patti Smith Group and "Nightshift" by the Commodores.

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Last month, Springsteen cracked a joke about the string of cancelations on Curb Your Enthusiasm when he joined Larry David to talk about his activism in Atlanta. During a conversation at a kitchen table, the pair broke into an argument over mixing up each other's water glasses. Later in the episode, David tested positive for COVID — and so does Springsteen.

Because of his illness on the show, the singer fictionally postponed several tour dates, which drew an angry mob of fans outside his home. "They think I'm dying from the COVID I got from you," Springsteen said of them to David.

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