2012 – Bruce Springsteen with Paul McCartney performs in London’s Hyde Park and gets plug pulled on This Day in Rock Music History!
A concert which was turning out to be most epic, was shut down by organizers just as Beatle Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen were peaking the 3 hour mark. Bruce had worked the crowd with most of his classics before being joined by Paul only to run thru the Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist and Shout”.
65,000 rained-soaked, fanatically fab fans were rocking hard when the concert’s organizers turned off the microphones in line with an agreed 10.30 p.m. curfew. The show was Bruce’s 45th in a 67 date tour of North America and Europe promoting ‘Wrecking Ball’, a new album with an anti-corporate message… of greed to poverty of the working class.
Springsteen opened with “Thunder Road”, and He followed that with “Badlands” while the crowd singing along word for word. He paid tribute to lost friends, notably Clarence Clemons, his longtime comrade in arms, saxophone player and stage foil, who died last year. Clarence’s nephew Jake took over his duties.
He also paid tribute to folk singer Woody Guthrie on the 100th anniversary of his birth, with “the Ghost of Tom Joad”, a dustbowl ballad named for John Steinbeck’s hero. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine added searing guitar.
Another star guest, former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty joined him for “Promised Land”. The crowd, standing ankle-deep in mud as the rain lashed down, sang along to “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” then listened in hushed mood to a mournful “The River”, his ballad of youth’s crushed dreams.
The show climaxed with “Born in the USA” – the title track of the 1984 album that catapaulted him to superstardom, his anthem “Born to Run”, and “Dancing in the Dark” before McCartney walked on.
“I’ve waited 50 years for this,” Springsteen shouted.
FROM A FAN:
“I’m a new convert,” said Anna, a 25-year-old nurse from High Wycombe, as the crowd streamed away. “My dad was into him so I used to think he was uncool. I came with my dad tonight and now I see what all the fuss is about it.”