Bruce Springsteen hits back at Hard Rock Calling cut-off

The Boss makes fun of organisers who pulled the plug on his London gig on Saturday

Bruce Springsteen has hit back at organisers of Hard Rock Calling, after the plug was pulled on his set during a duet with Paul McCartney on Saturday (July 14).

Taking to the stage at a gig in Dublin on Tuesday (July 17), the singer came on stage with a huge power generator prop and said: “Before we we so rudely interrupted…” before launching into the last minute of ‘Twist And Shout’, the song he was playing with Paul McCartney when the power was cut in Hyde Park.

Later on in the gig, he poked more fun at promoters, holding up a sign that read “Only the Boss says when to pull the plug”, the BBC reports.

Yesterday (July 18), Live Nation’s Chief Operating Officer for Europe, Paul Latham, defended the promoter’s decision to pull the plug on the gig, saying that to continue hosting concerts in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, the company has to agree to a strict 10.30pm noise curfew with local authorities: “The residents of Park Lane and Mayfair may not be numerous but they wield inordinate power over the Gogs and Magogs of City Hall and Parliament,” he said.

Meanwhile, Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry also spoke out about Saturday’s gig, saying that the current run of Hyde Park concerts are an “embarrassment” to music. “They shouldn’t have these events in Hyde Park any more if it’s going to cause embarrassing problems,” he said.

The decision on Saturday 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?”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson also joined the calls of dismay, saying on Monday (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!”