Arguments about the reasons for why Bruce Springsteen got the plug pulled on him on Saturday night at London's Hyde Park are rumbling on, with criticisms being aimed at promoters Live Nation who claimed that that the show was ended because of health and safety issues. The Boss was in the midst of one of his typically epic sets, and had brought on Paul McCartney for a duet when it all ended, causing much consternation - despite the fact he'd gone over curfew.
Health and safety was the reason attributed to the decision, but Kevin Myers, deputy chief executive of the Health And Safety Executive was at the gig and said "The fans deserve the truth. There's no health and safety issues involved here. While public events may have licensing conditions dictating when they should end, this is not health and safety. It's ironic that this excuse has been used in relation to Bruce Springsteen, who certainly knows what real health and safety is all about - look at the words of Factory from Darkness On The Edge Of Town referring to the toll that factory work can take on the health of blue-collar workers.'' Quite so Mr. Myers.
Hyde Park - once a haven for some of the biggest bands in the world back in the 1960s and 70s - has gradually been diminished as a gig location over the years, with the local council increasingly having to listen to the complaints of the locals. Roxy Music man Bryan Ferry now thinks that the area shouldn't even be used to stage concerts anymore. He said "They shouldn't have these events in Hyde Park any more if it's going to cause embarrassing problems . The problem with Hyde Park is that the volume is never loud enough. It's always too quiet. I'm sorry for Paul MCCartney and Bruce."