Lauryn Hill may be many things, but punctual isn’t one of them.
The iconic songstress’ trademark brand of tardy struck again last night in France and left fans furious.
Currently on the European leg of her ‘MisEducation 20th Anniversary Tour,’ the former Fugees star was set to rock the Accor Hotel Arena in Bercy with a full-bodied show.
However, drama struck when the 43-year-old took to the stage 2 and half hours late. Even worse, strict curfew rules meant she performed for less than an hour. Reports are still pouring in, but many fans claim her set ran 32 minutes before being brought to an abrupt end.
A similar occurrence is said to have taken place in Brussels the night before, with the singer hitting the stage 1 hour and 40 minutes late and playing for 40 minutes.
As has sadly become customary, an apology letter was issued via social media. Hill wrote:
It’s a real shame, such amazing talent but I didn’t get tickets for this unique show and one of my favourite albums for exactly this reason. Lauryn u are known as always being late, it’s just not acceptable, the power to be on time is in ur hands. And a 32 minute show? ????
— Lee Jackson (@leejackson) November 21, 2018
It’s a real shame what happened yesterday no respect for your fans for the people working around you… you used to be so great in your work… #miseducation indeed @MsLauryn_Hill sad for you and for us …
— Nadia Dradar (@NadiaDradar) November 21, 2018
We buying at the door, after the show has started. Well into the first song ??
— Njabulo ?? (@njabuloc) November 21, 2018
— Leïla Blaire-Sbay (@LeilaBlaireSbay) November 21, 2018
And how is that acceptable for us? We ended up having half a concert! Refund us
— Paplardo (@paplardo) November 21, 2018
Linda…Linda.. listen ? We don’t even care no more at this point. We mufukin tired of dis ?. We yo X at this point and we wanna Box cuz you playin with our stations.. This ain’t no Game Boy. ??♂️‼️
— FollowMeLetsLaugh@Life?? (@DudeFunnyAsHell) November 21, 2018
No excuse. Don’t blame anyone but yourself. You’re not showing much respect to this album. Maybe you should let other artists tour with it
— Manon Coline (@ManonColine1) November 21, 2018
Everyone knows that you’re always late, you don’t give a s*** about your fans. It was long for you to move your stuff from Brussels to Paris????
Come on!! Shame on you
— Marianne (@mariannericardo) November 21, 2018
Much as we love her, it’s totally deserved.
She’s very much at a point where she’s better off showing her professionalism than promising it in letter after jarring letter.
At every level, she’s playing herself and her fans. Because even if it were a technical issue, she may need to look at her internal setup to ask why and how it keeps happening. Year after year. Country after country. Tour after tour.
Surely, if there any validity to her claim, it’s been long overdue for her to put the people and tools in place to rectify the matter? After all, it’s her name being mopped through the mire.
Like, no matter which way it’s diced or sliced, she’s in the wrong.
But no more apologies. Do better, be better.