Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen silenced at London concert

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Bruce Springsteen may be The Boss and Paul McCartney a British knight, but that apparently means little when your set runs too long in London.

At the climax of his three-hour set at Hyde Park, Springsteen introduced the former Beatle.

“I’ve been waiting for this for 50 years,” Springsteen told the cheering throng. 

McCartney and Springsteen, backed by the E Street Band and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, played a storming rendition of "I Saw Her Standing There."  According to CNN, the superstars segued into "Twist and Shout" as a "drably dressed man with sensible hair" could be seen waving frantically at the back of the stage, indicating it was time to call it a night. 

The rock and rollers did not act quick enough and the power was shut off before "Twist and Shout" was over.

The three-day Hard Rock Calling festival has a nightly noise curfew imposed at 10.30 p.m. and Springsteen, who had been playing with his E Street Band, was due to play only from 7 to 10.15 p.m., according to Britain's Telegraph.

E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt shared his thoughts on Twitter and blamed British police.

 “One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state? We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to “punish us” by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes. Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we’d done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing? The cops got nothing more important to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of (expletive) with 80,000 people having a good time? English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney! I’m sorry but I have to be honest I’m (expletive). Like I said, it didn’t ruin the great night. But when I’m jamming with McCartney don’t bug me!”

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