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Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, known for his role as Silvio Dante in The Sopranos has labelled England a police state after Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney were silenced during Hard Rock Calling.

Organisers, complying with a council curfew, said the plug was pulled on the two rock icons to protect 'public health and safety'.

Van Zandt later tweeted: "One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?

"We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to 'punish us' by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes.

"The cops got nothing more important to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of fucking with 80,000 people having a good time?

"English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn't want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!"

Mayor of London Boris John has said that the decision to silence Springsteen and McCartney was "excessively efficacious".

While comedian Stephen Merchant tweeted: “Ashamed to be British right now. Springsteen and McCartney playing Twist & Shout in Hyde Park and council pulled the plug cos of curfew.”

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