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Published: 2012/07/18
by Dylan Owens

Springsteen Lampoons London Curfew

Only the Boss says when to pull the plug.

So read the sign that Bruce Springsteen held during his Dublin show yesterday. After the curfew debacle at London’s Hyde Park on Saturday, in which the police silenced Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band during their collaboration with Paul McCartney, Springsteen took the stage in his Dublin performance yesterday with vengeance on his mind.

Springsteen began the show by switching on a fake power generator and playing the last minute or so of “Twist and Shout,” picking up right where he left off when he and McCartney had their mics cut in London. The second knock came immediately afterward, when Bruce performed a knowing rendition of “I Fought the Law.” But the kicker came near the end of the set when a man in a London police uniform came onstage and pretended to arrest the Boss.

For all his nose-thumbing, Springsteen did manage to end the concert before the 11PM deadline in Dublin, ending any chance of a meta-parody at the next stop in his Wrecking Ball Tour in Oslo this weekend.

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