At 73, we still think of Jersey’s own rock god Bruce Springsteen as a tough gym rat and the picture of health. I interviewed Steven Van Zandt once back in 2009 and he commented, “The guy’s ridiculous, none of us can keep up with him.”

As of this writing, no one is saying who it is, but someone has fallen ill important enough to cancel the Thursday night show in Columbus, Ohio. Nationwide Arena will be as quiet as the darkness on the edge of town.

Now here’s the thing. While at this point it’s not being said that it’s Bruce who is sick, I’d be surprised if it were anyone else in E Street. That’s because we’ve already gone down the COVID path with band members Nils Lofgren, Jake Clemons, Steven Van Zandt and Soozie Tyrell and yet the shows went on.

It sounds to me like it’s probably Bruce himself who has fallen ill, and we certainly hope it’s nothing serious.

Even if it’s not, will he be back in time for his Philadelphia show next week on March 16? Stay tuned.

I’m sure even though this canceled show is in Ohio there are still New Jersey diehards who will be disappointed having made the trek there. Our own traffic reported Tom Rivers told me he has several family members who were flying there for the show.

Get well soon Bruce! (If it’s you.)

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