Great news that The Boss has booked a return to this year’s Hard Rock Calling at the festival’s new Olympic Park site.
Big question now is: will Bruce Springsteen get Paul McCartney back up onstage to finish the set so rudely interrupted at last year’s Hyde Park shambles?
Given Bruce’s sharp sense of humour, it must be s-o-o-o tempting.
Promoters Live Nation quit Hyde Park amid friction between fans and the neighborhood’s well-heeled residents, many of whom gripe about the late-night noise, leading to confrontation.
Springsteen had already exceeded the 10:30 p.m. curfew by half an hour when he welcomed McCartney on stage last July.
They sang Beatles hits I Saw Her Standing There and Twist and Shout, and were ready to launch into a third song.
But jobsworths turned the microphones off, and they were forced to leave the stage in silence.
Springsteen will headline the second night of this year’s two-day Hard Rock Calling on Sunday June 30, with an already strong supporting bill including The Black Crowes and Alabama Shakes.
The Saturday June 29 gig will be headlined by Kasabian, with Paul Weller, Miles Kane, Kodaline, The Cribs, Klaxons and Tribes on the bill.
“Last year, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band made international news and history when their Hard Rock Calling encore with Sir Paul McCartney was unceremoniously cut short due to a noise curfew at Hyde Park,” says CEO of Hard Rock International, Hamish Dodds.
“This summer we are giving Bruce and the band the opportunity to finish what they started and make history again with a celebrated performance at Hard Rock Calling.
“Additionally, we are looking forward to christening Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with a Saturday line-up of some of Britain’s hottest talent, including headliner Kasabian, Paul Weller and more.”
Live Nation Entertainment is holding a series of concerts at the former Olympic venue this summer, including the Hard Rock Calling and Wireless festivals, after securing exclusive rights to the venue.
The 560-acre site of the London 2012 Summer Games is due to re-open to the public in stages between July and early 2014.