Bruce Springsteen says peptic ulcer disease is a ‘monster’


The Boss is not in charge of his aching body these days.

Bruce Springsteen, 74, introduced himself Tuesday on his SiriusXM E Street Radio show “From My Home to Your” as “your favorite rock star with a bitch of a bellyache” as the “Glory Days” singer continues to deal with peptic ulcer disease.

Springsteen & The E Street Band were forced to postpone the remainder of their 2023 tour dates due to his illness last month, and in his latest update, Springsteen got candid about how it’s affected his life.

“Let me take a moment and thank my fans affected by our postponed shows for their understanding,” he said. “I am deeply sorry but this belly thing, despite my ability to laugh at it, has been a monster and is still unfortunately rocking my internal world.”

The Boss and the band announced 16 rescheduled tour dates last week that will take them all over North America from March through September next year.

Bruce Springsteen performs with The E Street Band at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on July 25 in Monza, Italy.
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Springsteen first revealed he was being treated for symptoms of peptic ulcer disease on Sept. 6 when he postponed three shows.

The main symptom of a peptic ulcer is a sharp, burning pain in the stomach, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Having an empty stomach can aggravate the pain, as can eating spicy or acidic foods.

Springsteen and the band perform live at Olympiastadion on July 23 in Munich, Germany.
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In severe cases, symptoms can include vomiting or vomiting blood, dark blood in stools, stools that are black or tarry, trouble breathing, feeling faint, nausea or vomiting, unexplained weight loss and changes in appetite.

Springsteen never divulged which symptoms he was experiencing.

Springsteen and co. are set to hit the road next year.
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“Over here on E Street, we’re heartbroken to have to postpone these shows,” a statement on his Instagram said at the time.

“We’ve been having a blast at our US shows and we’re looking forward to more great times. We’ll be back soon. Love and God bless all, Bruce.”


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