Madonna’s “Celebration” Begins With Frustratio as fans file lawsuit over late concert start times. Pop icon Madonna’s highly anticipated “Celebration Tour” has hit a snag in New York City, with two fans suing the singer over her notoriously late show starts. Two fans files a suit that if they aware that show was too late then they would not pay for tickets.
Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden, who attended the December 13th concert at the Barclays Center, claim the show was advertised to begin at 8:30 PM, but Madonna didn’t grace the stage until after 10:30 PM, a two-hour delay that left them feeling misled and inconvenienced.
“We wouldn’t have paid for tickets if we knew the show wouldn’t start until after 10:30,” Fellows told reporters. “We had work and family obligations the next day, and the late finish made it really difficult to manage those responsibilities.”
According to the lawsuit the delayed commencement is an unfair practice, deceptive advertising and a violation of contract. In addition to requesting unspecified damages for themselves the plaintiffs may file a class action on behalf of any concertgoers who encountered comparable delays during the December performances.
Madonna has a long history of starting her concerts late. Fans have complained about similar delays on her “Rebel Heart Tour” and “Madame X Tour,” with some shows starting hours behind schedule. While some fans brush off the tardiness as part of the diva experience, others argue that it’s disrespectful to paying customers who plan their schedules around advertised show times.
The concert industry may be affected more broadly by the most recent litigation. If the court rule in the supporters’ favor it might establish a precedent requiring musicians to compensate for delayed performances. Additionally it can result in promoters and venues being more open about any delays.
In the meantime Madonna’s “Celebration Tour” continues with upcoming stops in Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. Whether the Queen of Pop can mend fences with her disgruntled New York fans remains to be seen.
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