Bruce Springsteen Jokes About Tour Postponement and Getting COVID from Larry David on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Springsteen returned to the stage earlier this month after undergoing treatment for peptic ulcer disease

<p>John Johnson/HBO</p> Bruce Springsteen and Larry David

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Bruce Springsteen and Larry David

After returning to the stage earlier this month, Bruce Springsteen is putting a funny spin on his decision to postpone some tour dates.

In the latest episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Springsteen, 74, joined Larry David, 76, to talk about his activism in Atlanta. During a conversation at a kitchen table over restaurant health inspection grades, the pair breaks into an argument about whose water glass is whose — which leads to a hilarious fictional reason behind the tour postponement.

Later in the episode, David test positive for COVID — and so does Springsteen, forcing him to postpone shows on his world tour. After the water glass incident, Springsteen publicly blames David on social media.

<p>John Johnson/HBO</p> Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen

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Once David tests negative, he manages to break into Springsteen's home and finds him, sick, watching in a back house.

"They think I'm dying from the COVID I got from you," Springsteen said of his fans, blaming his illness on the water incident.

"I'm almost 99.9% sure that was my glass, Bruce," David responds.

Springsteen then advises David to leave. As the comedian drives out of the Boss' home, he's met with angry fans protesting for Springsteen to get back on the road.

The tour storyline puts a fun spin on Springsteen postponing several of his 2023 tour dates due to peptic ulcer disease. He resumed performing with the E Street Band earlier this month in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ahead of his 29-song set, he addressed the illness before starting his final track, "I'll See You in My Dreams."

<p>John Johnson/HBO</p> Bruce Springsteen, Larry David and Jeff Garlin

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Bruce Springsteen, Larry David and Jeff Garlin

"Phoenix, first I want to apologize if there was any discomfort because we had to move the show last time," he told the crowd, according to Associated Press. "I hope we didn’t inconvenience you too much."

Just a month after the tour began in February 2023, Springsteen postponed three shows in a week "due to illness." Then, he and his wife tested positive for COVID at the end of the first leg of his tour in April 2023.

In August, Springsteen had to postpone two of his Philadelphia shows due to having “taken ill." The following month, he revealed the peptic ulcer disease diagnosis and said he was advised by media professionals to postpone the remainder of his September shows.

<p>John Johnson/HBO</p> Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen

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“Over here on E Street, we’re heartbroken to have to postpone these shows. First, apologies to our fabulous Philly fans who we missed a few weeks ago. We’ll be back to pick these shows up and then some," he wrote in a personal message to fans at the time.

The message continued: "Thank you for your understanding and support. We’ve been having a blast at our US shows and we’re looking forward to more great times. We’ll be back soon."

Later in the month, the remainder of dates for Springsteen's 2023 shows were canceled, and a statement was posted to his social media explaining he was recovering from peptic ulcer disease.

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