Several years ago, my son was playing bass in a punk rock band called The Rippers and they had a gig at a bar that did not usually feature punk. After about three songs, they power was cut. Apparently, they had been asked to turn down the volume and didn’t comply, so management cut the power off.
I didn’t think much about it at the time because we had been though a lot of nonsense from one neighbor in particular regarding “noise” complaints, which were nothing other than the fact that he just did not like the look of the kids. After maybe the 10th time the cops showed up mid Saturday afternoon, I got frustrated and after a whole big deal, the cops told the guy to stop calling with phony noise complaints, which he did.
Then last weekend, the plug was pulled on Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, who were jamming on old Beatles songs at the end of a three-and-a-half hour-long Boss concert in Hyde Park. It made me think immediately of the rooftop concert in 1969. I guess British cops are even more control freaks than German cops. Well, maybe in relation to rock-n-roll. Who else would force the Beatles or the Boss to stop before they or their fans are ready for the event to be over? It wasn’t even that late: 10:30 PM on A Saturday, but the cops said they were responding to a noise complaint, so there you are.
My son kind of got a kick out of the power being cut. Probably Sir Paul and the Boss have outgrown that, but maybe not. I still think of Paul kind of like Dick Clark: an eternal teenager who gets a charge out of playing in front of people. And while Matt’s music career is probably over, he does have something in common with two big stars. Right? Sort of? Maybe?
Well, both he and Sir Paul had fathers born in the UK also.
Picture is from: Sir Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen at the Hard Rock Calling festival in Hyde Park, London on July 14, 2012. (Rex Features via AP Images)