Taken to his Twitter account, the group’s lead singer, Ricky Wilson, vented his frustration by writing, “Really f**ked off with @leeds_arena. They asked us to open the thing then put Elton on the week before and now Bruce.”
Springsteen is set to play at the venue with the E Street Band on July 24 as part of his 2013 Wrecking Ball tour, whilst Kaiser Chiefs will take to the same stage in September. Wilson then decided to remove the tweet from his page.
The aged rocker reportedly made a special request to road test the new 13,500 seat arena for a one-off show, revealed Leeds City Council. Keith Wakefield, the council’s leader, said that it was an “unexpected but very welcome” request.
Tony Watson, the venue’s director, also stated, “The team is ecstatic that an artist of this sheer calibre will be providing all of us with what is effectively a big dress rehearsal for the arena for its opening season.”
Kaiser Chiefs are one of the cities most popular modern pop acts, and their debut album, Employment, sold over three million copies when it was released in 2005. They have since gone on to record 2007’s Yours Truly, Angry Mob, 2008’s Off with their Heads, and 2011’s The Future is Medieval.
Do you believe Kaiser Chiefs have a right to be offended by Leeds Arena’s decision to allow Bruce Springsteen to open the venue?