Cops Pull The Plug On Springsteen & McCartney
Posted July 16, 2012
Bruce Springsteeen & The E Street Band's concert at London's Hyde Park this weekend included a few surprise guest appearances by John Fogerty, Tom Morello and Paul McCartney. Macca joined The Boss on stage for the final two encores, performing the Beatles classics "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout". They were ready to keep playing but it was past curfew and officials literally pulled the plug, cutting off the sound before they were finished.
"The cops got nothing more important to do?" a furious Steve Van Zandt tweeted after the show. "How about they go catch some criminals instead of fucking 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! We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to 'punish us' by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes."
He also wrote, "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?"
A valid question, but Live Nation defended the decision to pull the plug in a press statement saying, "It was unfortunate that the three-hour-plus performance by Bruce Springsteen was stopped right at the very end, but the curfew is laid down by the authorities in the interest of the public's health and safety. Road closures around Hyde Park are put in place at specific times to make sure everyone can exit the area in safety."
The next morning, after Van Zandt had cooled off, he followed up with these tweets: "There's no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great fans. Hard Rock is cool. Live Nation is cool. It's some City Council stupid rule. Very proud of our association with Hard Rock Calling and Hard Rock in general and what they're doing for Rock music."
Check out this video of the encore. It may be a little shakey, but it gives a taste of what the show was like. Epic!