Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney Cut Off in London: Festival Organizers Pull the Plug as Legends Push Curfew
Steven Van Zandt was furious about the decision.
"One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?" he wrote in the first of several tweets.
"We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to 'punish us' by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes," he added. "Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we'd done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?"
Van Zandt later said there are "no grudges to be had," and he drew parallels between the aborted encore and the Beatles' famous 1969 performance atop the Apple headquarters.
"Ha! @raindogs70 just reminded me how the Beatles' rooftop concert ended," he tweeted. "Not much has changed in 43 years!"