Some square in London cut off Bruce Springsteen's set last night after he only played for three hours and five minutes, and he was in the middle of a duet with none other than Paul McCartney. And they did it to comply with a curfew law.
At a certain point, a musician earns the right to call some of the shots, to go long on a set, to break rules. We think Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney would qualify as people who've earned that right. Springsteen, especially, is notorious for playing marathon shows. Everyone remembers when he played an amazing three hour and 48 minute set in Madrid, yes? The time we saw Springsteen he played by himself with nothing more than a guitar, a piano, a stool and glass of water for three straight hours. The man is a machine.
Why the organizer's of London's "Hard Rock Calling" event booked Springsteen to play from 7:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., and expected him to stick to it, is beyond us. They cut him off in the middle of playing old Beatles songs with Paul McCartney. For a rock show promoter, that is the least cool thing you could do, ever. Apparently it was around 10:40 p.m. when they pulled the plug, which puts Springsteen's set length at three hours and five minutes. He was just getting started! They were in the middle of playing a "sizzling" rendition of "Twist and Shout" when the promoter cut them off. Who does that?
Paul Simon's supposed to play the same stage on Sunday, but we think they should stick to booking acts like Huey Lewis and the News.