Fed up Madonna fans have taken legal action against the pop icon for the late start of her concerts at the Barclays Center in New York City. The scheduled 8:30 p.m. start time was repeatedly missed, with the singer taking the stage after 10:30 p.m. on all three nights. This has led to a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court by plaintiffs Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden, who felt misled and inconvenienced by the significant delay.
History of Late Concert Starts
Madonna’s penchant for tardy concert starts isn’t a recent occurrence. Previous incidents were noted, including a 2012 concert in Miami that didn’t commence until around 11:30 p.m. The situation was even more extreme during a 2016 show in Melbourne, where the concert started over four hours late. Similarly, the Brisbane show in the same year was delayed by two hours. These incidents highlight a pattern of delayed start times in Madonna’s performances.
Recurring Lawsuits and Frustrated Fans
This current lawsuit echoes a similar legal action from 2019 when a Florida fan sued over a delayed start time, alleging that the original 8:30 p.m. start time of a show was changed to 10:30 p.m. This frequent frustration among Madonna’s fans resulted in the assertion of false advertising, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair and deceptive trade practices against both Madonna and the venue management.
Challenges Faced by Concert-Goers
The lawsuit emphasizes the impact of the late starts on the attendees, particularly those with weekday work commitments and family responsibilities. The delayed end times left limited options for public transportation and ride-sharing, and many concert-goers had to contend with early morning schedules the following day. The plaintiffs argue that this situation significantly inconvenienced and disadvantaged the fans.
Madonna's Response and Legal Allegations
Madonna’s comment during a Las Vegas concert in 2019, stating that “a queen is never late,” is juxtaposed with the allegations made in the lawsuit regarding her consistent difficulty in ensuring timely performances. The discrepancy between the announced start time and the actual commencement of the concert has led to dissatisfaction and disappointment among attendees, resulting in this legal action.
Continuing Challenges and Late Starts
The situation extended beyond New York, with Madonna’s Boston concert also experiencing a late start, further corroborating the recurring pattern. While the tour itself faced delays due to Madonna’s hospitalization for a bacterial infection, the consistent lateness of the performances has drawn attention and criticism. Efforts to address the issue and seek a resolution are ongoing.
Madonna’s recurrent late concert starts have culminated in legal action from disappointed and inconvenienced fans. The frustration and inconvenience caused by delayed performances have prompted a substantial response, indicating the significant impact of this issue. The ongoing legal proceedings and public attention highlight the importance of honoring scheduled start times and respecting the time and commitment of concert attendees.