Hard Rock Calling bosses defend cutting off Bruce Springsteen
Organisers of a London music festival have defended their decision to shut down Bruce Springsteen's set after he broke a curfew, blaming the move on health and safety rules.
The Boss took to the stage to headline the Hard Rock Calling event in London's Hyde Park on Saturday night and at the end of his three-hour show, he brought out Sir Paul McCartney for an encore.
The pair played two songs, but they were cut off when festival bosses turned off their microphones in a bid to stop the gig from over-running.
Springsteen's E Street Band bandmate Steven Van Zandt criticised the move on Twitter.com and now Hard Rock Calling organisers have explained why they took such drastic measures.
A post on the event's website reads, "It was unfortunate that the three hour plus performance by Bruce Springsteen was stopped right at the very end but the curfew is laid down by the authorities in the interest of the public's health and safety. Road closures around Hyde Park are put in place at specific times to make sure everyone can exit the area in safety."
London Mayor Boris Johnson has also spoken out to criticise the concert organisers, saying, "It sounds to me like an excessively efficacious decision. If they'd have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord!"
what do you think?
Who does Norris think he is? "jam on in name of the lord" Take it is was London.authorities who set the curfew in first place and assume they had good reason to set it
I assume you mean Boris. who does he think he is?....he's the Mayor of London and as such is more entitled to air his views than anyone else. who do you think you are ?
A law is a law and there for a reason. You shouldn't get to break the curfew just because you are famous. The thought of Macca's nursery rhymes belting out over the rooftops is my idea of hell.
...GOOD OLD BORIS !!!!!!!!!!! IM WITH YER BOY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!