LONDON — Bruce Springsteen’s concert in London’s Hyde Park ended in controversy after The Boss’ microphone was cut off. He has now been banned from England.
Springsteen performed 29 songs, playing for more than three hours with several special guests as part of the Hard Rock Calling concert series. The set was already 30 minutes past its 10:30 p.m. curfew when Springsteen began the Beatles hit “Twist and Shout” with Paul McCartney. Before the song ended, the microphones had already been turned off.
Steven Van Zandt, the lead guitarist for Springsteen’s E Street Band, vented on Twitter after the concert ended.
“One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?” he tweeted.
That was a bit much for British authorities. On Sunday, British Parliament voted to ban Bruce Springsteen from England – forever. “We will not tolerate anyone, and I mean anyone, breaking our curfew. We live in dangerous times now and we must be vigilant. Mr. Springsteen had complete and utter disregard for our curfew and the safety of British citizens,” a top member of Parliament told WWN.
London Mayor Boris Johnson supported the decision, saying at first that the musicians should have been allowed to “jam in the name of the Lord.” But he reportedly later said that he agreed with the government that Bruce and the E Street Band should never return to England.
Miami Steve was arrested for his Twitter comments, but was released early Sunday morning. In addition to the E Street Band being forbidden from ever playing in England again, Miami Steve is banned, personally, from ever returning to the country. “These Jersey boys think they can come to the Motherland and insult us, we’ll that’s not going to happen. Our country will be alot better off without the likes of Mr. Van Zandt,” said a source inside Parliament.
One of the last songs he ever played in England: