That’s right. You don’t turn the power off on the Boss until he’s done.
And apparently not even Sir Paul could sway authorities to keep the show going after concert organizers turned the switch off last week in England.
As the Huffington Post reports:
Concert organizers pulled the plug on rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney after the pair defied the sound curfew at London’s Hyde Park, silencing their microphones at the tail end of the show.
Springsteen had already exceeded the 10:30 p.m. curfew by half an hour Saturday night when he welcomed McCartney on stage and the pair sang the Beatles hits “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist and Shout.” But the microphones were turned off before they could thank the crowd, forcing them to leave the stage in silence.
But the Boss did have the last word when he poked fun at the concert promoters to start, and several times during, the show in Dublin as the BBC reports:
Taking to the stage in Dublin, the star flipped a switch on a huge prop power generator and said: “Before we were so rudely interrupted…”
He then launched into the last minute of Twist And Shout, the Beatles’ song cut short at his Hyde Park concert.
Springsteen also held up a sign which read “Only the Boss says when to pull the plug” while wheeling on a huge on/off switch before playing Dancing in the Dark.
Towards the end of the show, a man dressed as a London police officer came on stage and tried to arrest the musician.
You gotta love Springsteen’s sense of humor in all of this.
That said, writing this post and thinking of what other fans have experienced spiritually and emotionally during his shows reminds me that I still have to make it to a Springsteen show.
Hopefully the stars do align and I’ll get to see the Boss live and it’ll be as good as this hilarious Dublin show.
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