Bruce Springsteen finally finishes Hyde Park gig … in Dublin

The Boss begins Dublin gig by finishing the song he was playing with Paul McCartney at Hyde Park when the plug was pulled

It was approximately 70 hours after Bruce Springsteen had the plug pulled on his London Hyde Park performance – yet he still found time to finish things off at the start of his gig in Dublin's RDS Arena.

Arriving on stage carrying a gigantic switch, the Boss pretended to turn the power back on before announcing "before we were so rudely interrupted" and launching into the last minute of Twist and Shout, the song he was playing with Paul McCartney when the Hyde Park show was curtailed.

Springsteen also told fans there would be no curfew in Ireland, although this doesn't seem to be the case – promoters had agreed with the council on an 11pm cut-off point that the Boss adhered to, despite playing a mammoth set that lasted for more than three hours. Springsteen also held up a sign that read "Only the Boss says when to pull the plug".

Fans in Hyde Park were left angry when Springsteen's Hard Rock Calling set was brought to a halt before it had finished. Guitarist Steve van Zandt went as far to compare England to a "police state", saying the band regularly broke curfews without punishment.

Springsteen's set in Dublin also included a cover of the Clash's version of I Fought the Law, plus plenty of his own hits including Dancing in the Dark, Born in the USA and Born to Run.


Tim Jonze

The GuardianTramp

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