Bruce Springsteen Pokes Fun at London Curfew

Multiple gags employed during last night's gig in Dublin

July 18, 2012 10:00 AM ET
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Bruce Springsteen performs in London.
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During a show in Dublin yesterday, Bruce Springsteen took a few digs at his recent gig in London's Hyde Park, which was shut down by officials after it went past curfew, the BBC reports.

To kick off the show, Springsteen flipped on a large, fake power generator and said, "Before we were so rudely interrupted . . . " before launching into the last minute of "Twist and Shout" – the song he was playing with Paul McCartney when the London gig was shut down.

It was one of many such jabs. Following "Twist and Shout," Springsteen launched into a cover of "I Fought the Law," and later in the show he held up a sign that read, "Only the Boss says when to pull the plug." To cap it all off, toward the end of his set, a man dressed as a London cop came onstage and tried to arrest the rock star.

Coincidentally enough, Springsteen was hit with an estimated 50,000-euro fine back in July 2009 when two of his Dublin shows went past curfew.

"We're not sure when the curfew is tonight," Springsteen joked last night. "Do you really have curfews in Ireland?"

All in all, Springsteen did follow the rules, ending the three-and-a-half hour concert before the 11 p.m. cut-off time.

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