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Noise Nannies Pull Plug On Springsteen And McCartney


(Apologies for occupying your attention with this news, which is neither gay-related nor Earth-shattering. But the gall! The gall of it!)

Bruce Springsteen headlined the second evening of the Hard Rock Calling festival in London's Hyde Park last night, in front 60,000 typically enthused fans. He hit the stage at 7:30 p.m., did his usual superhuman three-hour sweatathon -- and then, as a finale, brought out Paul McCartney. CNN reports that this was the first time the men had shared a stage; a  collaboration, Springsteen said, he'd dreamt of "for 50 years." Bruce grinned. Paul grinned. They did "I Saw Her Standing There" and a rave-up on "Twist And Shout," which was just building towards some ungodly convulsive denouement when --

-- the power was cut. From CNN:

At first, the Boss didn't seem to notice. He attempted to address the crowd, apparently unaware that they couldn't hear him. But as it became clear that there was no amplification, he and lead guitarist Stevie Van Zandt played what looked to be a brief a cappella goodnight for the benefit of the front rows, shrugged, and left the stage.

The plug had been pulled by the event's organizers. Hard Rock, it turns out, mustn't call past 10:30 p.m., at least in swank Westminster, where residents have for years complained of noise during the park's summer concert series. Out of concern for residents' ears, the number of concerts held in the park each summer has been trimmed from 13 to nine, and concerts are scheduled to end at 10:30 p.m. They didn't pull the plug on Springsteen and McCartney until 10:40 p.m. I'm assuming that's because McCartney's been knighted.

Hard Rock Calling concludes tomorrow evening with a set by Paul Simon. 

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  1. Maybe not gay-related, but for a Springsteen fanatic and Beatlemaniac such as myself, it's pretty close to Earth-shattering! The gall indeed!

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 15, 2012 9:10:49 AM

  2. Idiotic. BS and PM sharing the stage ending like that!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 15, 2012 9:38:52 AM

  3. Good. You make a contract to end at 10:30 then you end at 10:30. Or go to somewhere indoors so not everyone has to endure the endless noise.

    Posted by: jake | Jul 15, 2012 10:21:43 AM

  4. Another example of how common sense is a thing of the past.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Jul 15, 2012 10:25:00 AM

  5. Not everyone likes hard rock. If I lived in "swank" Westminster I'd be annoyed, too. What an obnoxious article.

    Posted by: Zell | Jul 15, 2012 10:31:24 AM

  6. Try going to a community board meeting in NYC anytime a new bar opens. You'd think the residents thought they were living in in the middle of nowhere the way they would be upset by not only the noise but the possibility of their 6-year-old being served alcohol. Absolutely no common sense applied.

    Posted by: Aaron | Jul 15, 2012 10:39:02 AM

  7. All it takes is one complainer. San Francisco is rife with scolds and grumps blocking bars, limiting festivals and fairs, and shutting down clubs. Apparently, no one told them that there are plenty of quiet, boring places to live in right across the bridge.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 15, 2012 10:46:54 AM

  8. Why is a story about Springsteen and a Beatle not gay-related and stories about Madonna and Nicki Minaj are? It's time for our community to stop with the stereotypes and assumptions that we all like dance music just know...we're gay.

    Posted by: Steven | Jul 15, 2012 10:56:19 AM

  9. Your right to make loud noise stops at my eardrums.

    Posted by: jomicur | Jul 15, 2012 11:14:21 AM

  10. Madge is playing there Thursday, and is infamous for not starting her show until an hour after scheduled time. I wonder if she'll start on time or end up having her power cut as well; something tells me she won't be as gracious as Bruce or Sir Paul.

    Posted by: Dxx | Jul 15, 2012 11:15:30 AM

  11. It is interesting how this is all over the news. Any why? Rules are rules. If I put money in a jukebox at the bar and it closes before my songs are played, sucks for me.

    Posted by: BEWILDERBEAST | Jul 15, 2012 11:25:16 AM

  12. I live near a street corner that is often the venue of impromptu (but electronically amplified) concerts. I have no choice but to listen and, yes, the music coming from outside my apartment can drown out normal conversations inside of it.

    Sure, the area around Hyde Park is pretty posh, but that's not the point; the point is forcing someone to listen to something whether they want to or not.

    I'm sure as hell that the stage manager(s) knew about the 22:30 curfew, but they thought it might not apply to their situation. It did.

    Posted by: Elsewhere | Jul 15, 2012 11:40:49 AM

  13. I'm sorry, but how is this story yet another example of the world's increasing lack of common sense? The program was due to end by 10:30. There are neighbors to consider, not just the people in the park for the concert. And who cares how Madge will react. The world doesn't revolve around these people when they are in a public setting. Those who like peace & quiet in their homes have rights too!

    Posted by: kevin | Jul 15, 2012 11:43:48 AM

  14. Why was this place chosen, if it has sound rules? There must have been an alternative location.

    Posted by: RobWest | Jul 15, 2012 11:46:31 AM

  15. "He attempted to address the crowd, apparently unaware that they couldn't hear him" The music was so loud they all went deaf.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jul 15, 2012 11:56:20 AM

  16. Paul McCartney should do more to support LGBT people since he has made songs about love and peace for so long now. God knows we buy his music and go to his concerts.
    It would be good to see some support for gays from a man who has made peace and love his trade mark for all these years now.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 15, 2012 12:16:15 PM

  17. "STEVEN"

    THANK YOU, SIR! I AM A HUGE Bruce Springsteen FAN.


    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 15, 2012 12:45:47 PM

  18. @Mike: what exactly do you expect him to do? Does he owe you something? When he sings about love and peace, is he specifically excluding gay people? Is he not talking about all ethnicities, creeds, and nationalities, sexual orientation when he sings about that? All inclusive?

    Sounds like you live in a world where you judge people based on what you think they should do for you. Sad. You might want to get a hobby or make some friends.

    Posted by: WHAT? | Jul 15, 2012 12:50:57 PM

  19. News for rock fans: Not everyone wants to hear it. Keep your damned rackety "music" to yourselves.

    Posted by: John Conolley | Jul 15, 2012 12:58:56 PM

  20. News for rock fans: Not everyone wants to hear it. Keep your damned rackety "music" to yourselves.

    Posted by: John Conolley | Jul 15, 2012 12:58:57 PM

  21. I can tell it's the weekend.

    Anyway, there has to be something that's not being taught in schools nowadays.

    Here, you get everyone to wrap up graciously so you don't go too far over the time limit. Without complaint, the organizers pay whatever fine there is imposed for going over (see contract). You deal with the other consequences.

    My neighbor who has parties at 3:00 AM outside other people's bedroom windows needs more stern measures.

    Posted by: Fahd | Jul 15, 2012 1:37:53 PM

  22. Oh John, are you darning your socks in the night?

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 15, 2012 1:46:51 PM

  23. Brandon, no need to apologize. This news interests us. My father once told me something that has stuck with me for my life so far: Fart proudly or not at all! Stop equivocating. It's unnatractive. Nice article choice. How dare they slight the bruce-man!!?

    Posted by: Solomon | Jul 15, 2012 2:21:51 PM

  24. The trouble with making exceptions for rules is that everybody thinks that they have the right to be the exception. Whose rights are more important? Seems creating a schedule for a venue with time and day limits was a reasonable compromise to not allowing concerts at all, or saying FU to the people who live there and having no restrictions and no respect. It's called civilization.

    Posted by: AZEXPAT | Jul 15, 2012 2:41:06 PM

  25. Well this is what happens when you perform a concert in a rich area. The rich get to do what the hell they want AGAIN.

    As usual the artists choose a venue that is expensive and hard to travel to for working people. They should have chosen a venue more easily accessible for every day people. Why must London get everything at the expense of everyone else ?

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 15, 2012 3:59:52 PM

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