The Springsteen-McCartney Conundrum
Here is a tough question: two of the five greatest living musicians jam in front of 65,000 people who are enjoying a tremendous moment in one of the world’s most esteemed music venues, would you pull the plug?
That’s what happened last night when Paul McCartney joined Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band in Hyde Park at Saturday evening’s annual Hard Rock Calling event. McCartney’s appearance capped a three-hour show, which included appearances from John Fogerty and Tom Morrello. The 70-year-old icon joined Springsteen for “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist and Shout” before event officials cut the singers’ microphones off as the pair addressed the crowd, thus ending the concert. While Springsteen, et. al were well over London’s curfew at the time, why the event officials couldn’t wait ten minutes is a bit dubious. The E-Street Band breaks curfew in just about every city they go to, including their 2009 Hard Rock Calling appearance.
Even with the show’s unfortunate ending, the pairing of the two esteemed figures is as epic an event as one can hope for at a concert.