Bruce Springsteen’s past health struggles have been revisited following the postponement of his supposed concert in Ohio.
Nationwide Arena released a statement on Twitter confirming the postponement of Springsteen and The E Street Band’s show at the venue on March 9 due to illness. It did not disclose the exact issue and the identity of the band member who is currently sick.
In the past months, several members of the band missed some shows due to COVID, including Soozie Tyrell, Jake Clemons, Nils Lofgren, and Steven Van Zandt.
Although it remains unknown whether Springsteen or someone else has been afflicted, talks about the singer’s past health issues reemerged.
Bruce Springsteen’s Health Issues
The 2023 tour marked Springsteen and the band’s first performance since 2017. Before his comeback, Springsteen faced health issues that almost affected his career.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Springsteen opened up about the throat surgery and depression he went through.
For his throat surgery, he revealed that he had to receive an operation to fix the chronic numbness in his left side that affected him whenever he played the guitar. During the procedure, the doctors cut his throat open and tied his vocal cords temporarily so that they could insert the disc into his neck.
To allow himself to recuperate, he stopped singing for three months. Although the surgery was “nerve-racking” for him, it was a successful one at the same time.
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Meanwhile, he has also been very candid about his mental health struggles in the past years. In an interview with Esquire, he said that he experienced two emotional breakdowns when he was 32 and when he reached his 60s.
Per Springsteen, he came close to his mental illness that he exactly knew he was not completely well.
“I’ve had to deal with a lot of it over the years, and I’m on a variety of medications that keep me on an even keel; otherwise I can swing rather dramatically and … just … the wheels can come off a little bit,” he said. “So we have to watch, in our family. I have to watch my kids, and I’ve been lucky there. It ran in my family going way before my dad.”
His struggles resonated with what his late father, Doug Springsteen, experienced. The patriarch was reportedly diagnosed with schizophrenia later in his life. According to the World Health Organization, the mental health issue causes psychosis and persistent delusions in patients.
While going through those things, Springsteen came back stronger and conquered the stage again.
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