Two Madonna fans in New York City are filing a lawsuit against the pop star for commencing her concert late, arguing that they “had to get up early to go to work” the following morning.
Two men have sued Madonna for ‘false advertising’ after she started her Brooklyn concerts 2 hours late.
The men were upset that the concerts were set to start at 8:30pm but she reportedly didn’t take the stage until 10:30pm. pic.twitter.com/CSkKqlxs7U
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In a lawsuit submitted on Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn, Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden allege that they purchased tickets for a show on December 13 at Barclays Center as part of Madonna’s Celebration tour.
Although the performance was promoted to commence at 8:30 pm, as per the lawsuit, the 65-year-old musician didn’t start her show until after 10:30 pm.
When the two concert attendees departed after 1 am, they found themselves “left stranded in the middle of the night” and “confronted with limited public transportation, limited ride-sharing, and/or increased public and private transportation costs”.
The delayed conclusion of the weeknight show also impacted their capacity to “take care of their family responsibilities the next day”, as stated in the lawsuit.
Fellows and Hadden are suing Madonna, Barclays Center, and tour promoter Live Nation, alleging “unconscionable, unfair, and/or deceptive trade practices” due to the delayed start time. The duo argues that this constitutes a breach of contract and “a wanton exercise in false advertising”.
The lawsuit is aiming for class action status to include attendees of other Celebration shows that commenced late, encompassing Madonna’s subsequent two concerts in New York on December 14 and 16.
In the live music realm, delays are not uncommon. Madonna has encountered comparable lawsuits before: in 2019, when a Florida fan contended that her tardiness during her Madame X tour breached the contract, and again in 2020, in a lawsuit initiated by two concertgoers in New York.
Both lawsuits were subsequently dropped voluntarily.
Madonna’s ongoing Celebration tour was rescheduled from last July following the singer’s hospitalization due to a bacterial infection. The tour is set to continue until its final performance in Mexico in April.
Requests for comments have been made to Madonna, Live Nation, and Barclays Center.
Source: The Guardian