Bruce Springsteen is notorious for not wanting to leave the stage, frequently clocking in shows past the three-hour mark. At last night's UK festival Hard Rock Calling, though, Springsteen and guest Paul McCartney were silenced by festival organizers, who pulled the plug on the duo after they performed "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout."
While trying to speak to the audience, the two rock legends didn't realize they broke the venue's sound curfew, causing a bemused crowd to wonder why Macca and the Boss's mics had been cut off.
Live Nation, the festival's promoters, defended the decision, writing on the festival website, "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 Hard Park are put in place at specific times to make sure everyone can exit the area in a safety.’’
One person who wasn't buying it, though, was outspoken E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt, who went on a Twitter tirade after the show:
Little Stevie seemed to have calmed down this morning, clarifying that his beef wasn't with Live Nation or Hard Rock Calling, but with the UK government:
To not hear Sir Paul and Bruce speak to the crowd, check out the video below beginning at 10:30: