Even the British group responsible for health and safety are mad about concert promoters cutting off the Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney duet on Saturday night in London.
Springsteen and McCartney were in the middle of performing the final notes of The Beatles ' "Twist and Shout," on Saturday when their microphones were cut off. They weren't given an opportunity to finish the song, or thank the crowd. Allegedly, the concert promoters did it to comply with a 10:30 p.m. curfew law. (The show was cut off at 10:40 p.m.)
After they faced a huge amount of scrutiny for cutting off two living legends, Live Nation, the event promoters, posted this explanation for the shutdown on their website:
Last night everyone had a fantastic time, in the excellent weather conditions, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band giving a record-breaking 76,000 people an incredible performance of 29 songs with special guests John Fogerty, Tom Morello & Paul McCartney joining him onstage.
It was unfortunate that the three hour plus performance by Bruce Springsteen was stopped right at the very end but the curfew is laid down by the authorities in the interest of the public’s health and safety.
When organizing a concert, health and safety are two very important things to worry about. There needs to be paramedics on site, and security has to be in place to make sure everyone is safe. This seems like a reasonable apology.
Except the Deputy Chief of the British Health and Safety Executive, who attended the concert on Saturday night and is a big Bruce Springsteen fan, doesn't see it that way. He was really mad they used people's health and safety as an excuse to cut off The Boss. "As a longstanding Bruce Springsteen fan and one of the crowd at Hard Rock Calling, I was doubly disappointed to hear Live Nation give 'health and safety' as the reason for cutting short Saturday's gig," Kevin Myers writes on the Executive's website. "The fans deserve the truth: there are no health and safety issues involved here. While public events may have licensing conditions dictating when they should end, this is not health and safety and it is disingenuous of Live Nation to say so." When the health and safety advisory group is mad because you cut off Bruce Springsteen, you should have an idea of how much of a mistake you've made.
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