Madonna has long had a reputation for … being a unique spirit when it comes to live performing. That is, it’s not uncommon for the legendary pop singer to make her fans wait interminably long at concerts for her to take the stage.
That’s rubbed some fans the wrong way on Madonna’s current tour, for her (strange) 2019 album Madame X. At the tour, a smaller-scale (and somewhat challenging) trip through theater-sized venues over the past few weeks, she’s taken the stage as late at 10:30 PM, well past the stated 8:30 start time.
Via TMZ, this had led to at least one fan trying to start a lawsuit over the late start time. As reported over the weekend:
According to legal docs obtained by TMZ … Madonna and Live Nation are being sued by a ticket holder in Florida who claims he lost a bunch of money after they moved the start of concerts from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM.
In the docs, Nate Hollander claims way back in August he purchased tickets to Madonna’s December 17 concert in Miami Beach, and it was originally slated to begin at 8:30 PM.
According to the suit … Madonna has not been punctual on tour, often taking stage two hours later than scheduled, and she recently switched her start times to 10:30 PM, which Nate claims is ridiculous for the Tuesday evening show he was planning to attend.
The guy suing Madonna claims his tickets much less valuable now that the concert is starting 2 hours later than initially planned, and he claims he’s been denied a refund on the $1,024.95 he forked over for 3 tix.
Now, it’s not uncommon for any act to take the stage late. That’s part of what going to a concert means, from a fan’s perspective: You’re on the artists’ time, and you don’t really have much of a say in how late things start or finish. Buying the ticket means you’re in, sure, but everything else is “subject to change,” so it’s tough to imagine this lawsuit going anywhere.
It does sound rather frustrating, though, for a concert of an artist of Madonna’s pedigree (and catalog of music) to start that late on a weeknight, considering how long the show would be. That’s late!
Still, we’ll see if this goes anywhere. In the meantime, visit Madonna’s site for her tour schedule.