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article imageBruce Springsteen exceeds curfew and has his sound turned off

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By Melissa Horrocks     Jul 15, 2012 in Entertainment
London - Bruce Springsteen loves to please the crowd, but due to a 10.30pm curfew, his sound was turned off and he had to leave the stage without thanking his fans for attending.
BBC News reports, the legendary Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney had the plug pulled on their music when they ran over at a show in London's Hyde Park.
Springsteen gave a warm welcome to Sir Paul who sung Beatles' songs "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout". Concert goers were enjoying the songs when their microphones were switched off. Sir Paul and Springsteen did not even have time to thank their fans for attending the concert.
The Telegraph reports, Springsteen welcomed Sir Paul on stage saying “I’ve been waiting for this for 50 years” Sir Paul only got to sing two songs before the sound was switched off. This three day event has a nightly noise curfew imposed at 10.30pm.
The time limit had been exceeded for the Hard Rock Calling after they had played for over three hours.
A BBC reporter attending the event, Stephen Robb said that,
"It made for a slightly bizarre, anti-climactic end to what had been a fantastic show,"
"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."
Police officers said that guitarist, Steven Van Zandt, a member of Springsteen's E Street Band, was infuriated by the curtailment, accused "British police" of stopping 80,000 fans of enjoying themselves. He later wrote on Twitter,
"When did England become a police state?"
Msnbc.com reports, the Springsteen concert was part of the Hard Rock Calling festival at London's Hyde Park. Westminster Council, insisted that the decision to pull the plug on the concert was the organisers decision and not the local police.
"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."
In a statement on the Hard Rock Calling website, the Live Nation company said it was "unfortunate" that the "three hour plus" performance had been "stopped right at the very end".
"The curfew is laid down by the authorities in the interest of the public's health and safety," the statement continued.
"Road closures around Hard Park are put in place at specific times to make sure everyone can exit the area safely."
Speaking on LBC on Sunday, Mayor of London Boris Johnson described the decision to end the concert as "excessively efficacious".
"If they'd have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord," he told presenter Kay Burley.
Springsteen is well known for his long performances and pleasing the crowds. Springsteen wowed the crowds with his songs "Born In The USA" and "Because The Night."
When the microphones were turned off, the crowds were puzzled. At first, Sir Paul and Springsteen did not realize what was happening. Both performers had to leave the stage in silence, something that they would normally never dream of doing.
Springsteen's set was energetic and lively all the way through. He also invited Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello on stage to perform two songs, and singer John Fogerty had joined him for one. Springsteen even left the stage in order to shake hands with his fans. He even rewarded one fan's loyalty by playing an obscure song from his back collection. The singer played the song after he saw a fan holding up a sign requesting him to play "Take 'Em As They Come,"
Springsteen rewarded the fan for visiting him in places like Madrid and Paris by saying: "Tonight, my friend, this is your lucky night." He, then played the song for him.
Springsteen said "You're going to hear this damn thing."
He added: "It's a completely obscure track I wrote for The River when I needed some rock songs."
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