To prove I am from New Jersey I will now tell the obligatory Bruce Springsteen story that every proper New Jerseyan has:
In 1993 I stopped at a red light as I drove past a restaurant in Freehold where Bruce was sitting outside having a beer. He waved at me.Now, back to the important stuff.
On Saturday, Bruuuuuuuuuuuce played an outdoor concert in London's Hyde Park in front of 65,000 people. John Fogerty sat in, as did Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. But, way more important than those two guys, Paul McCartney joined Bruuuuuuuuuuuce for some Beatles tunes at the end of the show.
Unfortunately, Bruuuuuuuuuuuce decided to ignore the concert promoter's licence that stipulated the show had to end at 11:30 PM. The concert promoter then shut the PA system down about ten minutes after the curfew whilst Bruuuuuuuuuuuce and Sir Paul rocked out to "Twist and Shout."
Little Miami Steven Van Sandt was so miffed, he took to Twitter:
"English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn't want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!"
"When did England become a police state?"
Unfortunately, Steve, the cops didn't pull the plug.
Even London's odd mayor, Boris Johnson, described the move to abruptly end the concert to comply with the promoter's license as "excessively efficacious." Johnson's quote has absolutely nothing to do with this story, but seriously, I couldn't not include it.
Springsteen often writes about the plight of the little guy, the unknown, the blue collar stiff who is trying to make it through another day. Presumably guys like the ones Springsteen writes about don't need sleep on Saturday nights, even if they have to get up and go work their crappy jobs on Sunday morning. In Bruuuuuuuuuuuce's world, I guess nobody works on Sunday morning.
Springsteen is a political guy too, donating money and resources to causes he believes in, which is admirable.
But apparently, Bruuuuuuuuuuce could care less how much noise he makes in a neighborhood when he's trying to kick out his jams. Everyone involved in that show, including Springsteen's tour and stage managers, and possibly even The Boss himself knew about the curfew, but it's the cops and concert promoter who are taking the heat for Springsteen's inconsideration.
The concert promoter was obviously pretty concerned about the loss of its license to interrupt rockers of this stature, so we can all be pretty sure everyone knew about the 11:30 curfew before the show started. But apparently Springsteen's crew wasn't too concerned about the future of the promoter's business to care.
So, let's review...
- Springsteen's show ran longer that it was licensed to run but it's the "English cops" fault the show was terminated
- The promoter waited ten minutes beyond the licensed time, but Bruuuuuuuuuuce was having a good time, so really, I mean, you can't interrupt the Boss...ever
- According to the Springsteen fans of the world, neighborhood people, including kids, and maybe even some blue collar stiffs, can put up with whatever inconvenience Bruuuuuuuuuuce feels is appropriate
- Logistics like traffic control, police overtime, street closures and public safety should really take a backseat when Bruuuuuuuuuuuce is playing "Twist and Shout" with a guy whose best band broke up 42 years ago
Now excuse me while I go listen to The Ghost of Tom Joad.