Bruce Springsteen shared late Wednesday that he and the E Street Band would be postponing all scheduled performances for September, including a show set for Saturday night at Oriole Park.
The tour posted a statement to social media that Springsteen ”is being treated for symptoms of peptic ulcer disease and the decision of his medical advisors is that he should postpone the remainder of his September shows.”
Peptic ulcers can cause heartburn, nausea and stomach pain, but there also can be complications, according to Dr. Eric Goldberg, clinical director of gastroenterology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
“If it’s severe enough to cancel a concert, he probably has significant pain from the ulcer and has either not been treated or he’s developed a complication,” Goldberg said.
Ticket holders will be notified about rescheduled dates for the eight shows that were postponed, including performances in Syracuse, New York, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., according to the statement.
“Over here on E Street we’re heartbroken to have to postpone these shows,” Springsteen, 73, said in the statement.
“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 were looking forward to more great times. We’ll be back soon. Love and God bless all…”
This weekend’s highly anticipated show at Camden Yards was set to be Springsteen’s second visit to Baltimore in less than six months. The rock star’s performance in April marked the reopening of the renovated CFG Bank Arena in downtown Baltimore.
It wasn’t just fans who were eager for an appearance by The Boss. Earlier this week, the Maryland Stadium Authority board agreed to allow the Orioles to keep all of the profits from the nearly sold-out event. The board has said allowing the organization to keep all of the revenue might motivate the club to host more concerts and events.
The show would have been the third stand-alone concert performed at Camden Yards since 2019. Previous performers were Billy Joel and Paul McCartney.
“We wish Bruce Springsteen well as he recovers and look forward to welcoming him to Camden Yards soon,” the Orioles said in a statement Thursday.
Goldberg said millions of Americans experience peptic ulcer disease, which often can be treated with over-the-counter medications and can heal quickly — sometimes within a few weeks.
“Before we had those medicines, complications of ulcers were very, very common,” he said.
Complications can include stomach obstruction, perforation, and bleeding, Goldberg said, any of which could lead to a longer illness.
“If somebody has a perforated [stomach] ulcer, that patient is going to need an operation and it could take weeks to months in order to heal from that,” said Goldberg, who did not have tickets for Saturday’s concert but counts himself as a fan.
“We wish him the best.”
Springsteen’s next scheduled concert is Nov. 3 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In an email sent Wednesday night to those who had tickets to the Baltimore show, Ticketmaster said event organizers were not allowing refunds at this time.
“This is just a heads up — your tickets are still valid,” according to the email, which said organizers were trying to reschedule the concert and tickets “will remain good for the rescheduled date.”
Ticketmaster said fans should check their accounts to track the status of the event and to see if a refund link appears, which would signal that organizers have made the event eligible for refunds.
Springsteen’s two Philadelphia concerts that were postponed last month have been rescheduled for August 2024. Fans were allowed to request a refund within 30 days of the new date being announced.
An Orioles spokesperson said more information will be forthcoming about refunds, including for parking fees.
Baltimore Sun reporter Abigail Gruskin contributed to this article.