Sir Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen at the Hard Rock Calling Festival
London Photo: Giovanni Canitano / Rex Features
Who wouldn’t want to hear one more number from legendary rock icons Sir Paul McCartney and the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen? Apparently, the British authorities.
Due to curfew constraints, British police had to pull the plug during a Macca-Springsteen jam at the Hard Rock Calling festival at London’s Hyde Park in the interest of the public’s “health and safety.”
Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello was also part of the cross-generational jam, joining the two legends during a cover of the rock staple “Twist and Shout,” made famous by the Isley Brothers and soon after immortalized by The Beatles.
Springsteen guitarist Steve Van Zandt of the E Street Band was quick to let out his frustration on Twitter after the incident: “English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney,” he wrote, adding “On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?” and, “There’s no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great fans. ... It’s some City Council stupid rule.”
The following day, London Mayor Boris Johnson had this to say: “It sounds to me like an excessively efficacious decision. You won’t get that during the Olympics. If they’d have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord!”