Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney have plug pulled in London
Bruce Springsteen treated London fans to surprise guest Paul McCartney in London Saturday (7/14), but their jam session was cut short by the city as it ran over curfew.
Before introducing the Beatles legend near the end of a three-hour headlining performance at London's Hard Rock Calling festival in Hyde Park, Springsteen told the crowd of 76,000, "I've been trying to do this for 50 years," according to a CNN report.
Springsteen and McCartney, along with the E Street Band and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, performed "I Saw Her Standing There" and were wrapping up "Twist and Shout" when the music suddenly faded. According to published reports, the city pulled the plug on the concert at 10:40 p.m., citing a curfew violation; the performance was scheduled to end at 10:15 p.m., according to the festival website.
Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt tweeted after the show, "I'm sorry but I have to be honest I'm pissed...It didn't ruin the great night. But when I'm jamming with McCartney don't bug me!"
Earlier today (7/16), Live Nation released a statement saying they supported their decision to cut the show off, with the company's COO for Europe, Paul Latham, explaining that he'd let the concert run 10 minutes over the strict 10:30 p.m. curfew the promoting giant and the city agreed to for the festival.
"We were assured that they were going to only do a couple of numbers so we could turn a blind eye to a 10 minute over-run and risk the wrath of our naysayers," Latham explained in an email posted at The Wall Street Journal, "but then the couple of numbers happened to be Beatles medleys and when Bruce went to change guitars to start again I'm afraid the power had to come off on music history in the hope that we will be allowed to create more in the future."
Springsteen will spend the rest of July finishing up the in-progress European leg on his international "Wrecking Ball" tour. The iconic rocker and his backing band will return to North America for a two-night stand Aug. 14-15 at Boston's Fenway Park, followed by another 12 arena shows.
"Wrecking Ball," Springsteen's 17th studio effort, surfaced in March and topped The Billboard 200.
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