Bruce Springsteen & Paul McCartney Get Silenced in London & No One is Happy

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen was not the boss in London during his concert at Hyde Park last night. In what should have been an amazing grand finale, he called Paul McCartney on stage, and the two began to sing together.

"I gotta tell you, I've been trying to do this for 50 years," he told the crowd. But the magic moments were cut short. As the legendary rock pair was belting out a version of "Twist and Shout," they were abruptly silenced mid-tune in front of 65,000 fans.

According to CNN, the concert was supposed to end at 10:15, but when they went on to give fans more, organizers didn't take kindly to the extended play session. They were apparently violating the city's curfew (performances are supposed to end at 10:30), and so they cut them off at 10:40 p.m. without warning. They weren't even able to say their farewells, and just exited the stage in silence.


Talk about an uptight and rude move, and no one is happy about it, besides the smug council who is making no apology. After the concert it tweeted, "Tonights Hyde Park Concert was finished by organisers. They were sticking to their licence for the event."

But this is SIR Paul McCartney and The Boss we're talking about. How dare they! Even London's mayor Boris Johnson was outraged by the move. He told London radio:

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!

Love him.
Others chimed in with their outrage as well. British journalist, Richard James, 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."
Steven Van Zandt, who plays guitar for Springsteen really let loose in a series of tweets blasting the decision:
English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn't want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing? There's no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great fans. ... It's some City Council stupid rule.
Talk about a bad note on which to end. It seems at this point the council needs to lighten up and make a major mea culpa here. Sure, rules are rules, but they're also made to be broken and this was a pretty clear-cut case in which they should have been. These guys are legends, and they deserved a little more courtesy than they got.
Here's a little taste of Bruce before the plug was pulled.
Do you think it was out of line for the council to cut off Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney for playing past curfew time?
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