Boris Johnson criticises decision to pull the plug on Bruce Springsteen's Hyde Park show

The Mayor Of London calls the move 'an excessively efficacious decision'

Boris Johnson criticises decision to pull the plug on Bruce Springsteen's Hyde Park show

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Mayor Of London Boris Johnson has criticised the decision to pull the plug on Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney on Saturday night (July 14).

On Saturday, The Boss brought the second night of the Hyde Park festival to a close with a 29-song set which lasted over three hours. His performance featured guest appearances from John Fogerty and Tom Morello and culminated in two duets with McCartney.

The Beatle joined Springsteen onstage right at the end to perform 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Twist And Shout'. However, the rock legends' microphones were switched off before they had chance to thank the crowd because Springsteen had already run over curfew.

The decision prompted consternation on Twitter, with Springsteen's guitarist Steven Van Zandt leading a chorus of disapproval. He 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?"

Boris Johnson has now joined the calls of dismay, saying this morning (July 16) that he believed the pair should have been allowed to continue and joked that he would have said for them "to jam in the name of the Lord!"

He said: "It sounds to me like an excessively efficacious decision. You won't get that during the Olympics. If they'd have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord!"

Explaining the decision, a spokesman for event organisers Live Nation said: "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."

Watch footage of Springsteen and McCartney performing 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Twist And Shout' below. What kind of dismal killjoy pulls the plug on Springsteen and Macca?


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