Miami Steve Van Zandt AKA Little Stevie, lead guitarist for the E Street Band,
remarked on his Twitter page after Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney ignominously had their microphones cut off in mid-song in London, an event that shocked the music world. “I’m sorry but I have to be honest I’m pissed. Like I said, it didn’t ruin the great night. But when I’m jamming with McCartney don’t bug me!,” he said. “English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul!” Then he went on to say, “The cops got nothing more important to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of f—— with 80,000 people having a good time?,” he said.
“We break curfews in every country but only English cops need to “punish us” by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes.” He went on to say, “There’s no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great fans. Hard Rock is cool. Live Nation is cool. It’s some City Council stupid rule.” A Live Nation statement said the concert was stopped “right at the very end” and “in the interest of the public’s health and safety.”
Who’s the guilty party? I don’t think it was the cops. I have a strong feeling that it was some faceless beauracrat with some power to weild. He must have gotten quite a thrill shutting down two of the greatest rockers to ever strap on an electric guitar. Can you imagine? The concert was already 30 minutes over the limit when the power was pulled.
Does anybody remember the Beatles rooftop concert at the end of the movie “Let It Be” when the cops shut down the Beatles Saville Row headquarters when they climbed to the roof for an impromtu concert back in 1969. The cops made them stop playing after a short program. So, there is some history there.
Miami Steve asked, “When did England become a police state?” Dude, keep in mind that the Olympics start in a week and the security for the games is the tightest EVER. The cops have their hands full trying to insure the safety of millions of people from terrorist attacks. Cut them some slack Stevie. Cops are good people.
I remember playing a gig in Germany back in the 80’s in the Black Forest at a rock festival with Little Stevie and the Discipals of Soul. It was televised on Eurovision. We spent the better part of three days hanging out together and I gotta tell you, Steve is a righteous guy. He must have been pretty bent out of shape to make those comments of Twitter. Of course I’m sitting here half a world away writing about it. Maybe I’d be more pissed if it happened to me. I don’t know. I know I was pissed when my interview with Paul McCartney got cut off… but a gig? With Sir Paul? Wow! It’s hard to predict.