Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Boss and Sir Paul McCartney: Still Not Enough Power in London

This past weekend, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band were playing a show in London's Hyde Park. During the encore, The Boss surprised the fans of about 80,000 with a very surprise guest, Beatles Legend Sir Paul McCartney. They proceeded to perform the Beatles classic "I Saw Her Standing There". The show didn't stop there as they began to perform another great tune, "Twist and Shout". During the middle of the song, London's City Council decided to show Bruce Springsteen who's boss. The sound was turned off!


Now as a huge fan of both these musicians, I'm extremely upset that this happened and I'm only hearing about this here in America. I can only imagine how the crowd felt and how I might have reacted if I had attended this concert. 

I believe that there should be no curfews at a show. Bands should play for as long as they desire. What's so "Rock N' Roll" about rules and regulations?  

Members of the E Street Band feel the same way as I do as lead guitarist Steve Van Zandt took to twitter to express his anger. 

"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!" He also implied his fans were denied their final number, saying, "We would have been off by 11 if we'd done one more. Hard Rock would have let us play all night," adding, "Feel bad for our great fans ... It's some City Council stupid rule."

Now in the next few weeks, London will be hosting this year's Summer Olympics. If an event some how goes over the curfew, will they pull the plug on that as well? Probably Not. I just shake my head at such dumb actions as this.

British journalist Richard James also tweeted, "Springsteen and McCartney: Only in Britain could a local council pull the plug on the greatest artists of the last 50 years giving it all."

That says it all.

Shame on you London. Shame on you.

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