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Madonna Faces Lawsuit Due to Starting Brooklyn Concerts Two Hours Late

Updated: Feb 4

Two concertgoers sue the “Like A Virgin” singer for late concert starts.

Madonna performs during Celebration tour
Madonna's Celebration Tour highlights the singer's four decade career. (Photo Courtesy: Kevin Mazur/WireImage/WireImage for Live Nation)

Following three New York shows, two fans are suing Madonna for the singer’s constant late start times.


Concertgoers Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden claimed in their class action lawsuit that Madonna wasn’t punctual during her shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The performances were meant to start at 8:30 p.m. and Madonna didn’t take the stage until 10:30 p.m. Fellows and Hadden claim she showed up late to all three shows, which happened Dec. 13, 14 and 16. 


The duo claim that the late starts constitute a “wanton exercise in false advertising, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.” They are suing for unspecified damages.


Both Live Nation and Barclays Center are included in the suit alongside the singer.


 

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The suit states that the two fans wouldn’t have bought tickets if they knew the true start time. It also notes that other concertgoers who attended on weeknights had to wake up early the next morning for work or take care of family responsibilities.


A source close to Madonna told Page Six in December that the tardiness was due to technical issues that happened during sound check. 


An official statement from LiveNation and the "Vogue" singer echo the same sentiment. The statement read:


"The shows opened in North America at Barclays in Brooklyn as planned, with the exception of a technical issue December 13th during soundcheck … This caused a delay that was well documented in press reports at the time. We intend to defend this case vigorously"

The “Vogue” singer kicked off the Celebration Tour in October with it starting in London. It was originally meant to start in July 2023, but it was postponed due to Madonna’s hospitalization due to a bacterial infection. 

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