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Hard Rock Calling Festival 2012

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Review

The silly-season news story, when the Hyde Park music festival took place last month, was that a jobsworth at Westminster Council had pulled the plug on Bruce Springsteen playing Beatles songs with Paul McCartney. In fact it was the event’s own organisers conforming to a pre-arranged curfew, with the Boss having ruled for longer than agreed; but rule he did and the best bits are here. An even better gig took place the following night, when Paul Simon came to town to play songs from Graceland - although the highlight proved to be his clear, still reading of The Sound of Silence.

Summary

Highlights of the Hyde Park festival, which hit the headlines after organisers pulled the plug on Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney. As well as Macca and the Boss, there are songs by Paul Simon - performing tracks from Graceland with the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo - as well as Soundgarden, Iggy and the Stooges, Rage Against the Machine, John Fogerty, Alison Krauss and Christina Perri.

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