Last Saturday night, rock fans of legendary Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney saw history in the making as the two performed towards the tail end of a three-hour long Springsteen performance in London’s Hyde Park. But what happened next was totally uncalled for.
The concert had to end abruptly after London's police decided to turn off the power. Their reasoning: the concert had gone on half an hour over the 10:30 curfew. Skip ahead to the 10:16 mark in the clip below to see the sound getting cut and the rockers’ reactions:
No doubt a lot of fans were left feeling pissed off that night. The show's organizers Live Nation tried to play down the issue by releasing this statement of words to The Guardian:
"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."
However, not everyone is falling for their excuse. Stevie van Zandt of the E-Street Band posted in a series of tweets about being muzzled:
One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state? We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to "punish us" by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes. 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? The cops got nothing more important to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of fucking with 80,000 people having a good time? English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn't want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney! I'm sorry but I have to be honest I'm pissed. Like I said, it didn't ruin the great night. But when I'm jamming with McCartney don't bug me! If it's a public transport issue I'm sorry but people are adult enough to go get a train if they need to without the cops pulling the plug!