Steve van Zandt Apologizes For Slamming London Cops
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Steve van Zandt Apologizes For Slamming London Cops
Steve Van Zandt back-peddled on his recent Twitter rant against London cops pulling the plug on Paul McCartney's guest spot with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band on July 14th at London's Hyde Park. Van Zandt, who had railed against the London police for administering a heavy handed curfew -- which actually switched the band's sound off -- offered an apology, writing in part on The Huffington Post: "Regarding Nick (Aldworth) and his fellow officers I want to officially apologize for blaming them. I was mistakenly informed it was they who pulled the plug. We know now it wasn't. I apologize because I was wrong, because I have a lot of cop friends, and because I don't want the obviously hyperbolic question I asked, 'when did England become a police state?' to be misinterpreted as a criticism of the police themselves."
It was actually the concert promoter, Live Nation, that had the show shut down, with The Daily Mail reporting, "Westminster Council confirmed it was the concert organizer Live Nation which ended the show. A council spokesman said it did so to comply with its license, which allowed the event to go on until 10:30 p.m., adding: 'Licenses are granted until certain times to protect residents in the area from noise late at night.'"
Steve Van Zandt explained to us that despite standing at Springsteen's side every night onstage, he's actually "The Boss'" biggest fan on Earth -- and proud to lend his voice to the E Street Band's worldwide legion of followers: "I'm always gonna be, y'know, the consigliere -- I can't help it, OK? Y'know, and when called upon, y'know, I always have an opinion, OK? And my opinion is always going to be bringing things towards what I feel the fans want. That's just me. Y'know, I'm a fan first, I guess -- a band guy second, really."
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performs tonight and tomorrow (July 23rd and 24th in Bergen, Norway.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band North American tour dates (subject to change):
August 14, 15 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
August 15 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
August 18 - Foxboro, MA - Gillette Stadium 
August 24 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre 
August 26 - Moncton, NB - Magnetic Hill Festival Grounds 
August 29 - Vernon, NY - Vernon Downs Hotel Casino
September 2, 3 - Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
September 7, 8 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
September 14 - Washington, DC - Nationals Park 
September 19, 21, 22 - East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium
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