Paid the Cost to Be the Boss

Springsteen and
McCartney get the plug pulled on them at London


By Fred Mills


Saturday night in Londown, near the end of a Bruce
Springsteeen & the E Street Band concert in Hyde Park,
the electricity was cut by the event’s organizers, who indicated that
Springsteen had already gone well past the 10:30 pm curfew. At the time Paul
McCartney had come onstage to guest with the E Streeters on early Beatles hits “I
Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist and Shout.” The band was forced to leave the
stage without completing its performance.


According to, “A statement from concert
organizer Live Nation said it was unfortunate that Springsteen’s three-hour-plus
performance was stopped ‘right at the very end,’ but it said that the curfew
had been laid down by the authorities ‘in the interest of the public’s health
and safety.'”


Guitarist Steve Van Zandt subsequently tweeted, “English
cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one
more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney! On a Saturday night! Who were
we disturbing?… There’s no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great
fans. … It’s some City Council stupid rule.”


Wealthy London residents who
live near Hyde Park have had complaints in the
past about nighttime noise coming from the park.


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