Hard Rock Calling 2012: England a ‘police state’, says Bruce Springsteen guitarist
Steven Van Zandt, a guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, has accused England of becoming “police state” after “The Boss” and Sir Paul Mccartney were silenced for breaching a council curfew at Hard Rock Calling.
By Andrew Hough
15 Jul 2012
Van Zandt, 61, who has also stared in cult US drama series The Sopranos, aired his frustration at the gig’s premature ending at the concert in Hyde Park, central London on Saturday night.
Organisers said it was “unfortunate” that the performance was stopped at the end but insisted the curfew was put in place for to help protect “public health and safety”.
The decision, however, sparked outrage amongst fans while Van Zandt took to Twitter to accuse England of becoming a “police state”.
Sir Paul had joined Springsteen, 62, and his E Street band on stage at the Hard Rock Calling music festival following a performance by the American rock star that had lasted more than three hours.
The US singer greeted the former Beatle, 70, by saying “I’ve been waiting for this for 50 years”.