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Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen silenced onstage in London

Paul McCartney was Bruce Springsteen’s surprise guest at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London.

McCartney joined Springsteen and his band onstage for versions of ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Twist And Shout’ at the end of the three hour show.

Due to curfew restrictions imposed by Westminster Council, the organisers of the event turned off the microphones before the musicians were able to thank the crowd.

Steven Van Zandt, guitarist in Springsteen’s E Street Band, voice his dismay on Twitter. He also suggested that the group had intended to perform another song with McCartney.

Westminster Council denied that the decision to end the concert was made by the local authority.

Concert organisers, not the council, ended last night’s concert in Hyde Park to comply with their licence.

Licences are granted until certain times to protect residents in the area from noise late at night.

Leith Penny, strategic director, Westminster Council

The concert had been due to end at 10.30pm, but overran by half an hour. Springsteen had already played for over three hours. Earlier in the evening he had been joined onstage by John Fogerty and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello.

Last updated: 15 July 2012
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  1. John Cobb Sunday 15 July 2012

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