Over the weekend, Lauryn Hill once again arrived over two hours late for a performance, this time at the Chastain Park Ampitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia. To add insult to injury, once she did arrive, she only played for 30 minutes and then left, because of the venue’s hard curfew. Way to give ticket holders their money’s worth, huh?
Naturally, fans were less than pleased, and not only did Lauryn show up to boos, but she was confronted by one fan on camera (below,) and the backlash on social media came swiftly and in droves. In response, she has taken to Facebook with what can only be described as an interesting excuse:
“I don’t show up late to shows because I don’t care. And I have nothing but Love and respect for my fans. The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others. I don’t have an on/off switch. I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible. For every performance that I’ve arrived to late, there have been countless others where I’ve performed in excess of two hours, beyond what I am contracted to do, pouring everything out on the stage.
Because I care so deeply about the artistic process, I scrutinize, have perfectionist tendencies, and want space made for spontaneity, which is not an easy process, with the many moving parts on the road. Some days we are more successful than others re time. However, the vitality that is infused into the performances is always appreciated by the audiences, who may not know exactly what it took to accomplish. What hasn’t been touched upon by the media, I’m sure, are the hundreds of people who rushed the stage and stayed in excess of an hour after the show ended last night, just to connect.
Our challenge is to figure out the best way to accommodate the vitality, spontaneity, and spirit that make the performances worthwhile and special to begin with, while also making that experience available and accessible to others. If I didn’t Love and respect the art, I wouldn’t be doing this. The audience and I should have that in common.
My true audience knows emphatically that I care. It isn’t possible to affect people in any deep and meaningful way without putting sacrificial time in.
I have nothing but Love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show. We are figuring out a plan to make it up to you, and will announce details as soon as we have them.
Would you still buy tickets to one of Lauryn’s future shows?
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WELP! There's a strict curfew here. They cut Lauryn Hill's sound at 11 p.m. SHARP. pic.twitter.com/0EvGpKGuhO
— Jewel Wicker (@jewelwickershow) May 7, 2016