Boris Johnson waded into the row this morning, saying the musicians should have been allowed to continue their set.
Speaking to Kay Burley on LBC radio, he said:
It sounds to me like an excessively efficacious decision. You won't get that during the Olympics.
If they'd have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord!
- The number of concerts which can take place in Hyde Park will be reduced from 13 to nine from next year following recent complaints about noise
- The crowd limit will also fall from 80,000 to 65,000, and in some cases 50,000 from 2013
- The number of concerts came into question after residents in Knightsbridge and Belgravia complained about noise
- There were 109 complaints from residents in 2011, around twice as many as in 2010
Actor and musician Steven Van Zandt, who plays guitar in Springsteen's E-Street Band and stared in cult US drama series The Sopranos, voiced his frustration on Twitter at the gig's ending.
One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?
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?
English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn't want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!
Amateur video footage shows Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney silenced on Saturday night at Hard Rock Calling when their microphones were cut off before they could address the crowds.
– Leith Penny, Westminster Council
Concert organisers, not the council, ended last night's concert in Hyde Park to comply with their licence, which allows them to run the concert until 10.30pm. Licences are granted until certain times to protect residents in the area from noise late at night.
Ashamed to be British right now. Springsteen and McCartney playing Twist & Shout in Hyde Park and council pulled the plug cos of curfew. WTF
ITV News' UK Editor Keir Simmons tweeted this photo of the stage in Hyde Park and said the sound was cut at the concert, moments after Sir Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen began singing together.
Rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney were silenced tonight after defying the sound curfew at Hard Rock Calling.
Sir Paul had joined Springsteen on stage at the end of the singer's headline slot in Hyde Park, London, but both stars found their microphones cut off before they could address the crowds.
Springsteen, known for his long performances, had been playing for more than three hours and had exceeded the curfew by half an hour.