Madonna Responds to Lawsuit Over Late Concert Start

Madonna is not letting a recent lawsuit filed by two fans dampen her spirits. The 65-year-old singer, along with her management team and the tour company Live Nation, has vowed to fiercely defend against the claims made by Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden. The fans accused Madonna, Live Nation, and the Barclays Center of engaging in “unconscionable, unfair, and/or deceptive trade practices.”

It’s not uncommon for performers to start their shows later than the time stated on the concert tickets. While a delay of 30 minutes to an hour is often considered acceptable, some fans took issue with Madonna’s shows on December 13 and 14, where she appeared on stage two hours after the advertised start time.

The performance scheduled for December 13 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn began at around 10:30 p.m., exactly two hours later than the 8:30 p.m. start time. Consequently, the shows did not end until approximately 1 a.m. the following day.

Fellows and Hadden, in their lawsuit, claimed that the late start caused them inconvenience and additional expenses for transportation. They also mentioned the impact on their work and family responsibilities. While their focus was primarily on the December 13 show, they also pointed out Madonna’s tardiness for her shows on December 14 and 16.

Criticism of Madonna’s late start quickly spread online, but the singer’s team was quick to respond. They explained that a technical issue during soundcheck on December 13 caused the delay, which was well-documented in press reports. They also emphasized their intention to vigorously defend against the lawsuit.

According to a source close to Madonna, the delay was caused by issues during soundcheck and only resulted in a one-hour delay, despite reports of several hours. The source clarified that the shows on December 13 and subsequent dates proceeded as planned after the initial delay.

While the lawsuit may still be ongoing, Madonna remains resilient and determined to continue delivering unforgettable performances to her dedicated fans.