Bruce Springsteen News: The Boss & McCartney have plugged pulled at Hard Rock Calling, Jam with The Roots, Dancing In the Dark with daughter Jessica (video)
Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney had the plug pulled on them after running long at the Hard Rock Calling concert in London’s Hyde Park. Springsteen and The E Street Band welcomed Sir Paul on stage for renditions of the Beatles’ ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Twist and Shout,’ but their microphones were turned off before they could thank the crowds.
Springsteen had already played over three hours at the point when McCartney joined him for the encore, but toward the end of the second song, the microphones faded and comments by Springsteen to the crowd went unheard.
“It made for a slightly bizarre, anti-climactic end to what had been a fantastic show,” said Stephen Robb, a BBC reporter who was at the event. “The band obviously couldn’t tell from on stage that the sound had been shut off. It just looked a bit like everyone was milling about on stage having forgotten how the show should end.”
E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, was angered at first by being cut off, saying on Twitter: “English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney! The cops got nothing better to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of f—ing with 80,000 people having a good time. English cops are the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney. 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 Paul McCartney, don’t bug me.”
Hours later, after settling down a bit, Van Zandt returned to Twitter explaining, “Very proud of our association with Hard Rock Calling and Hard Rock in general and what they’re doing for rock music. Hard Rock would have let us play all night. There’s no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great fans. Hard Rock is cool. Live Nation is cool. It’s some City Council stupid rule.”
According to Westminster Council, the decision to end the concert was made by its organisers and not local authorities.
“Concert organisers, not the council, ended last night’s concert in Hyde Park to comply with their licence,” said Leith Penny, Westminster Council’s strategic director for city management. “Licences are granted until certain times” – in this case 22:30 BST – “to protect residents in the area from noise late at night.”
Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and John Fogerty also joined the band during the 29-song set, with Morello on ‘Death to My Hometown,’ ‘Jack of All Trades,’ and ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad,’ while John Fogerty joined in for ‘The Promised Land.’
Reports that Springsteen also bowed to the wishes of one lucky fan in the in audience, who had been holding up a banner asking for ‘Take ‘Em As They Come’ and listing the concerts around the world where he had requested it.
After noticing the banner, Springsteen grabbed it and told the audience member, “Tonight, my friend, this is your lucky night. You’re going to hear this damn thing. It’s a completely obscure track I wrote for ‘The River’ when I needed some rock songs.” Springsteen has reportedly only played the song nine times prior with the last performance coming in Copenhagen in 2003.
Soundgarden were the headliner on Friday’s Hard Rock Calling concerts, while Paul Simon will take to the stage today.
Bruce Springsteen’s Hard Rock Calling Set List
1. Thunder Road
3. We Take Care of Our Own
4. Wrecking Ball
5. Death to My Hometown (with Tom Morello)
6. My City of Ruins
7. Spirit In The Night
8. The Promised Land (with John Forgerty)
9. Take ‘Em As They Come
10. Jack of All Trades (with Tom Morello)
11. Empty Sky (solo acoustic)
12. Because the Night
13. Johnny 99
14. Darlington County
15. Workin’ on the Highway
16. Shackled & Drawn
17. Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
18. Raise Your Hand
19. The River
20. The Ghost of Tom Joad (with Tom Morello)
21. The Rising
22. Land of Hope & Dreams
23. We Are Alive
24. Born in the USA
25. Born To Run
26. Glory Days
27. Dancing in the Dark
28. I Saw Her Standing There (with Paul McCartney)
29. Twist and Shout (with Paul McCartney)
On July 7th, after opening the show for him, the Roots joined Bruce and The E Street Band at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark for ‘The E Street Shuffle.’ Nearly 100,000 people witnessed the performance. Bruce has a past with the Roots, due to his awesome guest spots on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,’ where the Roots are the house band. This is awesome!
Bruce brought his daughter 20 year old daughter Jessica to the stage last Thursday in Paris during ‘Dancing In the Dark,’ seemingly filling the role that Courtney Cox had in the video of the song almost 30 years ago. The dance that ended with him lifting her off the ground and showing his pride and joy to the audience.