COVID hits Springsteen tour; Van Zandt, Tyrell miss Dallas concert

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E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt posted on Twitter that he has COVID-19 after he did not appear onstage at the band’s Feb. 10 concert with Bruce Springsteen at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

“Sorry folks. Covid,” wrote Van Zandt, 72, after a fan asked him via Twitter, “why aren’t you in Dallas with Bruce and the band? We miss you!!!”

“Yes he’s fine,” wrote Van Zandt’s wife, Maureen, on Twitter, in response to another question.

(FEB. 11 UPDATE: Steven Van Zandt tweeted this morning, “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.”) Those are the tour’s next two shows, on Feb. 14 and Feb. 16, respectively.

According to multiple fan reports, Springsteen announced from the stage that band member Soozie Tyrell (who also missed the Feb. 7 concert in Hollywood, Fla.) has COVID as well.

(FEB. 12 UPDATE: Nils Lofgren’s wife Amy Aiello Lofgren tweeted this morning that he has COVID, too.)

Patti Scialfa also did not perform in Dallas, but she often misses E Street shows, and there is no reason to think that she has COVID.

The show followed a typical setlist for this tour except for the appearance of “The Detroit Medley” (see video below) as the first number of the encores.

Van Zandt’s guitar and backing vocals are very important to the E Street Street sound, but there are still 16 musicians in the band, including guitarist Nils Lofgren and many other backing vocalists, so it is still a very large group.

Here is the show’s setlist:

“No Surrender”
“Prove It All Night”
“Letter to You”
“The Promised Land”
“Out in the Street”
“Candy’s Room”
“Kitty’s Back”
“Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”
“The E Street Shuffle”
“Johnny 99”
“Last Man Standing”
“Because the Night”
“She’s the One”
“Wrecking Ball”
“The Rising”
“Thunder Road”

“Detroit Medley”
“Born to Run”
“Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”
“Glory Days”
“Dancing in the Dark”
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-out”
“I’ll See You in My Dreams”


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