Bruce Springsteen takes a pop at London plug pullers at Dublin gig
They don't call him The Boss for nothing and at last night's gig at the RDS, Bruce Springsteen had a few choice words for the London organisers who plugged the plug on him last Saturday night.
Springsteen's appearance at the Hard Rock Calling Festival at Hyde Park last Saturday was marred when the music legend's microphone was cut off prematurely because of a "sound curfew” - while he was on stage performing a number of classic tunes alongside Paul McCartney. What an absolute buzz-kill that must have been for concert-goers and The Boss himself.
For his first Dublin show last night, however, Springsteen wasted no time putting the boot into the Hyde Park organisers, hitting back by rolling out a generator alongside guitarist Stevie Van Zandt to begin the concert with the part of "Twist and Shout" that was cut off on Saturday night. He then introduced the show by stating: "Before we were so rudely interrupted..."
Springsteen's next track was the not-so-subtle "I Fought The Law" from The Clash, while a fake policeman appeared on stage and attempted to turn off the generator fduring a curfew-breaking reprise of "Twist and Shout" near the show's finale.
The gig finally ended with a rendition of "American Land", during which the fake policeman actually managed to pull the plug before Van Zandt plugged it back in. Even at the age of 62, Springsteen proved once again last night why he is someone that is not to be messed with.