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Rachel DeSantis
September 30, 2016 AT 12:40 PM EDT

To the age-old classic “dog ate my homework,” we raise you a new and improved school excuse: Bruce Springsteen said so.

Springsteen gave one young fan the excuse note of a lifetime by signing an absence form for Philadelphia fifth grader Michael Fenerty, who stayed up way past his bedtime attending The Boss’ longest U.S. show ever.

The show took place on Sept. 7 at Citizens Bank Park, and the Masterman School’s first day happened to be the next morning. But that didn’t stop Fenerty and his memorabilia-collecting father Mike from stopping by Springsteen’s meet-and-greet post-performance.

“Of course Bruce played his longest show,” Mike told Philly.com. “As a fan I loved it; as a parent I hated it. I wanted to kill him!”

But father and son came prepared. Knowing it was going to be a long night, the pair typed up an excuse form in the hopes of getting Bruce himself to sign it.

“My son said, ‘Bruce, would you sign my absence note?’ [Springsteen] lit up. He was affectionate toward Michael as soon as he saw him. He said, ‘I have to read it first, that’s how I got in trouble with my first contract,'” Mike said. “He said, ‘I hope you don’t get in trouble.’ My son was very starstruck — it was a very cool experience.”

Check out a photo of the note below, and don’t worry: the principal only got a photocopy.

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