Bruce Springsteen today spoke of his surprise at having the sound cut off when he last played Hyde Park.
The American rocker said he thought concert bosses wouldn’t pull the plug because he was duetting with Sir Paul McCartney, whose knighthood would give them special status.
Promoter Live Nation cut the sound as the pair performed Twist and Shout last July after the gig overran its 10.30pm curfew by 10 minutes.
“I wasn’t aware the plug had been pulled and people couldn’t hear what I was singing,” said Springsteen as his European tour got under way in Oslo today. “Afterwards I said to Paul, ‘I can understand them pulling the plug on me, but you? Aren’t you a knight?’”
Springsteen, 63 — known as The Boss — will return to London with the E Street Band in June to complete “unfinished business”, headlining the first summer festival at the Olympic park after an earlier sold-out Wembley Stadium gig. He joked: “Maybe we should start the concert with Twist and Shout and take it from there.”
Live Nation, which moved the Hard Rock Calling festival from Hyde Park after battles with residents over noise, said Springsteen will be able to play “later and louder” at the Olympic park, which is being redesigned into an open-air arena for 50,000 to 60,000 fans.
Springsteen responded to being cut off last summer by wheeling a mock generator on stage at his next appearance in Dublin and holding up a sign which read: “Only The Boss says when to pull the plug.”