Call it a spiritual win for everyone who's ever been stuck with a parking ticket while loading in or out of a bar gig: Leeds City Council has decided not to enforce a ticket slapped on one of Bruce Springsteen's tour trucks last week.
The truck was ticketed while The Boss was preparing for his show at First Direct Arena Leeds - an event that had been heavily promoted by the Leeds City Council as it was to be the first event in the new facility. But after a social media outcry, the council announced that the ticket would not have to be paid and would be rescinded. A witness to the ticketing 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."
Although the Springsteen show was the first at the new £60 million, 13,500-seat venue, the official launch of the arena is on September 4 when Elton John stops by. Springsteen personally asked to be able to include the venue as part of his Wrecking Ball world tour. Other acts to be booked for the venue in the coming months include Leonard Cohen, Vampire Weekend and Kaiser Chiefs.