Things got awkward outside the brand new Leeds Arena this past Wednesday night when parking attendants ticketed the event’s headlining talent: Bruce Springsteen. As The Line of Best Fit reports, the E Street Band rolled in for their inaugural show at the 13,500+ capacity venue, which doesn’t officially open until September, and rather than cracking open the bubbly in celebration, the venue’s wardens cracked down on The Boss and Co. by issuing parking tickets.
We accept this is a little embarrassing but the attendant was doing his job if a little too efficiently, said a Leeds city council spokesman. When you prepare a city to open and host a huge, state-of-the-art new venue, youre bound to get the odd teething trouble Having considered the special circumstances, [Bruce’s] tickets were quickly cancelled.
Several unconfirmed reports indicate that Springsteen contended that the wardens were “just doing what they do best — working their hearts and souls out during bitter times.” Then, late into Thursday morning, Springsteen himself issued tickets (which he later paid for) and bought a round of burgers for everyone at a nearby New Jersey-themed diner. All in Leeds.
If you want an idea why Springsteen should never get another ticket, check out 1982’s Nebraska, which we recently Dusted Off.
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