It was the sort of indignity that Bruce Springsteen is not used to. After extending his Hard Rock Calling show in Hyde Park well past the three-hour mark, and defying the Central London noise curfew, the American star found that his microphone had been silenced.
What made it all the more embarrassing was that Sir Paul McCartney was on stage with Springsteen at the time, having joined the American to bellow out encore versions of the Beatles hits I Saw Her Standing There and Twist and Shout. They were unable to thank the crowd at the end of the songs.
The highlight for one fan was being summoned up on stage to show his banner requesting obscure outtake Take 'Em As They Come. The banner had a list of all the concerts where the dedicated fan had requested the song, without success.
Springsteen was impressed by the fan’s "big investment" in following him around the world. "Tonight, my friend, this is your lucky night," Springsteen said. "You're going to hear this damn thing. It's a completely obscure track I wrote for The River when I needed some rock songs."
Springsteen’s epic show included a couple other guest slots, from Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty. It was clear that the Boss was back on form, invigorated by the critical acclaim for recent album Wrecking Ball.
The Hard Rock Calling shows managed to escape the bad weather than has dogged the UK’s major festivals in recent weeks. Springsteen’s Saturday night show was followed by Paul Simon on Sunday.