Covid Hits E Street as Band Members Miss Bruce Springsteen’s Dallas Show
‘Sorry Folks. Covid’
Steven Van Zandt and violinist Soozie Tyrell absent due to coronavirus. “I’ve got a very mild case and hope to be back for Houston or Austin at the latest,” guitarist says
On just the sixth show of Springsteen’s 2023 North American tour, the E Street Band were without guitarist Steven Van Zandt and violinist/singer Soozie Tyrell (missing her second straight show). Patti Scialfa, who missed some concerts this tour but played others — including Tuesday night in Hollywood, Florida — was also absent, without explanation.
“We got a few members missing tonight – Stevie Van Zandt – COVID, Soozie Tyrell – COVID, Patti Scialfa… But goddammit, we’re gonna give Dallas the best show they’ve ever seen,” Springsteen told the audience prior to “Out in the Streets.”
Prior to Bruce’s announcement, a fan tweeted at Van Zandt mid-show asking why he wasn’t onstage for Springsteen’s first Dallas show in seven years. “Sorry folks. Covid,” he replied.
Springsteen and the E Street Band will next perform on Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, in Houston, a gig that Little Steven hoped he’ll be back on guitar for.
“Thank you all for your best wishes and positive vibes. I’ve got a very mild case and hope to be back for Houston or Austin at the latest,” Van Zandt tweeted, adding that he was vaccinated against Covid. “And boosted. That’s why it’s a mild case. No real danger or damage.”
Touring with a unit as large as the E Street Band makes Springsteen and company especially susceptible to Covid, as Van Zandt himself acknowledged in a 2020 interview about touring in the pandemic (via the Dallas Morning News). “We’re going to be at the mercy of this thing,” he predicted at the time.