Paul McCartney & Bruce Springsteen @ Hard Rock Calling 2012

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band delivered a three-hour set at London’s Hard Rock Calling, closing it out with a guest appearance by Sir Paul McCartney. “I gotta tell you,” the Boss said to the 76,000 people in attendance, “I’ve been trying to do this for 50 years.”They blazed through a rendition of “I Saw Her Standing There,” and then an extended 10-minute-plus jam on “Twist And Shout.” Too extended, apparently, because — as the clock struck 10:40 p.m., as “Twist And Shout” was coming to a climactic close — the sound went dead. According to London’s Westminster Council, the concert’s organizers had cut the power, due to local curfew laws.

E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt said (via a series of tweets) that the council, not Hard Rock, was to blame. “Hard Rock would have let us play all night … It’s some City Council stupid rule.”

Van Zandt also suggested that they planned to do one more song and finish up by 11 p.m., had the authorities not interrupted the proceedings.

Watch the video below to see “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist And Shout,” as well as the evening’s sad closing moments.

Comments (4)
  1. was there in person. really was a magnificent show like always from the boss. but man, it was nuts seeing so many people just stunned that the sound could be cut on two living legends mid song. even the mayor of london came out and said shit was ridiculous.

  2. What a bunch of dicks!

  3. I love Paul McCartney (I have been honored to see him 2 times in concert) and though I’m not a huge Bruce fan, I have much respect for him. Having said that, I understand that it is rude to cut anyone off (let alone Sir Paul and Bruce), they hardly cut them off mid-song. in fact, that song was being ridiculously stretched out as it was! People are reacting as if they cut Paul McCartney off during a mid-concert rendition of the Abbey Road suite. Again, it’s pretty lame that the people running the concert couldn’t let the guys finish their set, especially in Paul’s home country, but people need to relax a bit. It was at the end of a stretched-out and tired rendition of a song the Beatles covered.

  4. I’m pretty sure Hard Rock was founded to glamorize people who made it to stardom by breaking rules. How disappointing they couldn’t exercise that themselves.

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