Organisers defend decision to switch off the microphones after rock legends run over curfew
Yesterday (July 14), 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 Paul 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?”
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.”
Hard Rock Calling concludes today (July 15) with sets from Alison Krauss & Union Station, Christina Perri and Paul Simon, who will headline with a full performance of his classic 1986 album ‘Graceland’.
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?