Concert organizers pull plug on Springsteen and McCartney in middle of encore | The Sideshow – Yahoo! News

Concert organizers pull plug on Springsteen and McCartney in middle of encore | The Sideshow – Yahoo! News.

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Springsteen and Van Zandt perform at Hyde Park, July 14, 2012. (Getty)

This sucks. They should have allowed them to play on.

In what may be the dumbest enforcement of a curfew in rock and roll history, organizers of a Bruce Springsteen concert in London literally pulled the plug on the show during an encore featuring special guest Paul McCartney.

“I gotta tell you, I’ve been trying to do this for 50 years,” Springsteen told the crowd of 76,000 while introducing McCartney. The pair–backed by the E Street Band and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello–launched into the Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There.”
But Springsteen  had already exceeded the three-hour time limit set by London’s Westminster Council for the Hyde Park concert, according to the BBC. The sound was cut off at approximately 10:40 p.m. local time as the Springsteen and McCartney performed “Twist and Shout.”
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