Bruce Springsteen’s tour trucks were given parking tickets as they were illegally positioned outside of a venue he just about to play in.
Springsteen was set to play at Leeds Arena, a new $100 million venue that The Boss was the first artist to perform at on Wednesday evening, when several trucks carrying his equipment parked down a side street near the 13,500 seat venue.
Leeds City Council remarked that they tickets had been revoked due to the special circumstances of the case, but they had been “legitimately issued.”
It is believed that the automobiles were parked on double-yellow lines and were outside the unloading zone that is designated to trucks.
A spokesman remarked, “We accept this is a little embarrassing but the attendant was doing his job – if a little too efficiently. These were somewhat unusual circumstances with a very large tour involving a tight turnaround of vehicles arriving from the previous night’s show in Cardiff on the opening night of a brand new venue.”
They then added, “The parking tickets were legitimately issued as the area concerned had double-yellow lines and was outside the agreed area for trucks to park to access the arena.”
Before concluding, “Having considered the special circumstances, the tickets were quickly cancelled. When you prepare a city to open and host a huge, state-of-the-art new venue, you’re bound to get the odd teething trouble.”
The Labour leader of Leeds Council, Keith Wakefield, remarked, “It was somebody being a little bit stupid and zealous.”
A bystander, who witnessed the entire incident unfold, told the Yorkshire Evening Post, “A couple of jobsworths have come down here, the stick they have got from people is hilarious. They are not parked illegally, they are just parked down a side street.”
Bruce Springsteen went on to play a rousing set at the new arena.