Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Bruce Springsteen to headline Hard Rock gig again

Bruce Springsteen has agreed to return as a headline act at London's Hard Rock Calling festival despite organisers pulling the plug on his show last year after it over-ran.

He will play again with The E Street Band at the event's new location at the Olympic Park this summer.

Kasabian will also headline, playing their only UK festival.

Other performers over the final weekend in June include Paul Weller, The Black Crowes and Klaxons.

Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney had their microphones turned off last year before they could thank the crowds, after they exceeded the three-hour time limit for the Hyde Park gig.

The plug was pulled in order to comply with late-night noise restrictions.

E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt said afterwards the UK had become a "police state" and London Mayor Boris Johnson criticised "an excessively efficacious decision".

Event promoter Live Nation lost the contract for gigs in Hyde Park in November, ending a 10-year link it had with The Royal Parks.

It secured the Olympic Park as the venue to host a number of its concerts in January.

Springsteen's show will take place on 30 June, with The Black Crowes supporting.

Kasabian, whose repertoire includes Club Foot, Empire and Fire, will play on 29 June with Weller, Klaxons, The Cribs and Tribes supporting.

Source: BBC

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