Nils Lofgren misses Springsteen show in Houston due to COVID
One down, two back in the fold.
Guitarist Nils Lofgren missed the Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band show at the Toyota Center in Houston on Tuesday, Feb. 14, due to COVID — but Little Steven Van Zandt and Soozie Tyrell returned to the stage after their bouts.
“This one goes out to Nils Lofgren who’s at home with COVID!” said Springsteen while introducing “Out in the Street,” according to a live feed. “But we're going to give you the best show you've ever seen!”
Lofgren is doing “great,” according to wife Amy Aiello Lofgren on Twitter.
Guitarist/vocalist Van Zandt and violinist/vocalist Tyrell missed the group's Feb. 10 show at the American Airlines Center in Dallas due to COVID. Tyrell also missed the Feb. 7 show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla.
Patti Scialfa, vocals and guitar, also missed the previous two shows. As in past tours, no explanation has been given for her absence.
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Up next is the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Feb. 16.
In other news, the much anticipated U.S. stadium leg of the Springsteen and E Street world tour is official, and dates include multiple shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, as well as Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Aug. 16 and 18.
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Tickets, the price of which were not immediately released, go on sale over the course of the next two weeks, with the first onsale beginning at 10 a.m. Friday Feb. 17, for the Aug. 9 show at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Tickets for the East Rutherford shows go on sale Friday, Feb. 24.
There are also arena shows on the West Coast and Canada.
The East Rutherford shows, and others, will be using Verified Fan via Ticketmaster. Verified Fan requires pre-registration at verifiedfan.ticketmaster.com/springsteen and is open through 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Verified Fan is intended to make it easier for fans to get tickets, and harder for resellers and bots, according to Ticketmaster. Visit blog.ticketmaster.com/bruce-springsteen-e-street-band-2023 for more information.
Some tour shows will not be using Ticketmaster, including the Philly shows. They go on sale through the venue on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Visit brucespringhsteen.net for more info.
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; email@example.com
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Nils Lofgren misses Springsteen tour Houston stop due to COVID