Ms. Lauryn Hill was super late to an ATL show last night where she was the headliner. The show was scheduled to start at 8pm and Lauryn strolls in around 10:30pm. She gave no excuse for her tardiness. To make matters worse, they shut the show down at 11:00pm because of the curfew in that area.Now Lauryn honey, its 2016 and you haven’t had a hit in a really long time…I’m going to need you to be grateful that you have loyal fans still willing to pay to see you. This is not a one time deal. Lauryn is known to always show up late to her shows. You’re a professional Lauryn…do better. Fans at the show were demanding a refund and booing. I don’t blame them. Nobody has hurt them more than you…and no one ever will.
*Update- Lauryn has responded on Facebook :
“I don’t show up late to shows because I don’t care. And I have nothing but Love and respect for my fans. The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others. I don’t have an on/off switch. I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible. For every performance that I’ve arrived to late, there have been countless others where I’ve performed in excess of two hours, beyond what I am contracted to do, pouring everything out on the stage.
Because I care so deeply about the artistic process, I scrutinize, have perfectionist tendencies, and want space made for spontaneity, which is not an easy process, with the many moving parts on the road. Some days we are more successful than others re time. However, the vitality that is infused into the performances is always appreciated by the audiences, who may not know exactly what it took to accomplish. What hasn’t been touched upon by the media, I’m sure, are the hundreds of people who rushed the stage and stayed in excess of an hour after the show ended last night, just to connect.
Our challenge is to figure out the best way to accommodate the vitality, spontaneity, and spirit that make the performances worthwhile and special to begin with, while also making that experience available and accessible to others. If I didn’t Love and respect the art, I wouldn’t be doing this. The audience and I should have that in common.
My true audience knows emphatically that I care. It isn’t possible to affect people in any deep and meaningful way without putting sacrificial time in.
I have nothing but Love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show. We are figuring out a plan to make it up to you, and will announce details as soon as we have them.