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Bruce Springsteen to return to the scene of last year's curfew cutoff

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   March 5, 2013 at 11:56 AM   |   Comments

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March 5 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen is famous for lengthy, high-energy concert performances that last long after the lights turn on, so the Boss was understandably surprised when Hard Rock Calling concert organizers literally pulled the plug on his duet with Paul McCartney at Hyde Park last summer.

By way of apology, Hard Rock Calling asked Springsteen to headline the performance once again this June. Springsteen agreed, though there's no word whether McCartney will return.

Springsteen, who had introduced McCartney with an "I've been trying to do this for 50 years," performed two songs with the legendary rock musician, the E Street Band and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, when authorities suddenly cut off their sound to avoid late-night noise violations.

Rock fans around the world, including E Street Band member Steve Van Zandt, were outraged. Even London Mayor Boris Johnson called it "an excessively efficacious decision."

"You won't get that during the Olympics. If they'd have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord!" Johnson said.

"This summer, we are giving Bruce and the band the opportunity to finish what they started and make history again," said Hard Rock CEO Hamish Dodds said in a release.

The concert will take place at Olympics Stadium this year, and the local council is currently considering an application to extend the area's noise curfew to 11 p.m.

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