On Saturday, during the Hard Rock Calling event, which was held in London, Bruce Springsteen’s sound was cut off during a performance alongside Sir Paul McCartney. According to the Associated Press, several musicians – Steven van Zandt, Lady Antebellum – reacted, criticizing the organizers and the Westminster City Council for pulling the plug too early.
At the end of Springsteen’s three-hour show at the Hyde Park in London, the rocker invited on the stage Sir Paul McCartney. After singing two duets, the sound was cut off abruptly.
Lady Antebellum, the country band that was the support act for The Boss at the concert, was disappointed by the way the organizers managed the sound problem. “I’m sure there was definitely a reason. I hear that they had a very strict curfew in Hyde Park”, said lead singer Hillary Scott of the sound incident.
The Hard Rock calling organizers explained that they were concerned for the public’s safety and that was what caused the unpleasant move. “It was unfortunate that the three hour plus performance by Bruce Springsteen was stopped right at the very end”, a statement on their website said, “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”.