Saturday 17 February 2018

Lucy Jones: Who wants to listen to Bruce Springsteen for three hours and forty minutes anyyway?

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

STEVEN Van Zandt, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s band, has expressed his fury about the decision to pull the plug on the Boss and Paul McCartney’s love-in on Saturday night at Hard Rock Calling. "One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?" he tweeted, before getting even crosser: "the cops got nothing more important to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of f—ing with 80,000 people having a good time?"

The council worker who pulled the plug will henceforth be known as the killjoy jobsworth who threw a bucket of water over the very spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Never mind the danger that a breach of curfew could have led to the removal of their licence. Never mind the public health and safety concerns. The Boss must not be silenced. Even Boris Johnson spoke out: “If they'd have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord."

McCartney and Springsteen had almost come to the end of their set and were in the middle of La Bamba (an apt moment to pull the plug in any situation) and prevented from thanking or bidding farewell to the crowd. If you watch the video and close your eyes they sound like a fairly average pub rock band with Macca straining to sing in tune. I’ve heard better at a karaoke night in Maidenhead.

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