Concert organizers pulled the plug on rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney Saturday night (July 14) after the pair defied the sound curfew at London's Hyde Park, silencing their microphones at the tail end of the show.
Springsteen had already exceeded the 10:30 p.m. curfew by half an hour Saturday night when he welcomed McCartney on stage and the pair sang the Beatles hits "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout." But the microphones were turned off before they could thank the crowd, forcing them to leave the stage in silence.
A statement from concert organizer Live Nation said it was unfortunate that Springsteen's three-hour-plus performance was stopped "right at the very end," but it said that the curfew had been laid down by the authorities "in the interest of the public's health and safety."
I'm sorry but I have to be honest I'm pissed. Like I said, it didn't ruin the great night. But when I'm jamming with McCartney don't bug me!
- Steven Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) July 15, 2012
Always-outspoken Bruce Springsteen's guitarist Steven Van Zandt took to Twitter to express his outrage over the incident writing "One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?"
He added: "Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we'd done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?"
Van Zandt continued with a complaint about the band's treatment by local police: "We break curfews in every country but only English cops need to 'punish us' by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes."
Several more choice tweets followed, including: "I'm sorry but I have to be honest I'm pissed. Like I said, it didn't ruin the great night. But when I'm jamming with McCartney don't bug me!" and "English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn't want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!"
(Additional reporting by Andy Gensler)