Madonna Faces Lawsuit for Late Starts
Madonna’s management responds to a lawsuit filed by fans Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden, accusing the pop icon of ‘false advertising’ for her delayed New York concerts at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in December.
Despite her health issues and a documented technical glitch, the fans claim the late starts constitute a ‘wanton exercise in false advertising, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair trade practices.’
Management Defends Madonna’s Tour
Madonna’s management and Live Nation counter the lawsuit, highlighting the success of her 2023 Celebration Tour in Europe and defending the shows at Barclays in Brooklyn.
They attribute one delay on December 13th to a technical issue during soundcheck but assert their intention to vigorously defend against the legal claims.
Plaintiffs Acknowledge Health Issues
In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs acknowledge Madonna’s health issues that initially led to the postponement of concert dates from July to December.
However, they refuse to consider it an excuse for the delays on the specific nights in question. Madonna faced a life-threatening bacterial infection last year.
Financial Claims and Fan Backlash
The fans, who spent $155.90 and $292.50 on tickets, respectively, are seeking unspecified damages.
Madonna faced fan backlash in the first show of her US tour leg, starting at 11 pm despite a scheduled time of around 8:30 pm.
Technical issues were cited for the delay, but critics took to social media demanding refunds and expressing frustration.
History of Legal Challenges
This isn’t the first time Madonna has faced legal challenges regarding concert start times.
In November 2019, a fan in Florida sued after the singer changed set times, seeking a refund for the devalued tickets.
In February 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed by fans who claimed to have waited hours past the advertised start time for her Madame X shows in Brooklyn.
Insider Insights on Delays
A source revealed that Madonna faced soundcheck issues on the night of the delay but worked through them, causing a one-hour delay.
Doors opened as scheduled, and she took the stage an hour late. Despite the delay, she delivered a remarkable 45-song setlist spanning her 40-year career, impressing fans with her performance.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn