Fans are suing Madonna over late comers at concerts

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Two Madonna fans are suing the megastar for damages over concerts in New York that started two hours late, accusing her in a court document of “reckless willfulness”.

Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden are suing Madonna, the tour company LiveNation, as well as the venue, the Barclays Centre, for an unspecified amount over the late start of her Celebration Tour concerts in December.

“The concerts at the Barclays Center were advertised as starting at 8.30pm, but Madonna was only on stage after 10.30pm on all three nights, with most concertgoers not leaving the Barclays Center until after 1am ,” the court documents state.

“Madonna showed careless willfulness to ensure the concert started on time and could be fully completed and this meant that ticket holders had to wait hours for the concerts to start.

“Others were stranded in the middle of the night because they missed their lift home, or public transport.”

The complaint was filed in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday and states that “Madonna has a long history of arriving late and starting concerts late, sometimes several hours late.”

Neither the Barclays Centre, LiveNation nor a representative of Madonna responded to a request for comment.

Last June, Madonna was admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital with a bacterial infection. This meant she had to postpone her nearly sold-out series of concerts – with the New York concert at issue in the court case not being held until December.

The Grammy winner behind hits like “Like A Virgin” and “Material Girl” had an undeniable influence on music worldwide.

In 2020, the 65-year-old superstar also underwent a hip replacement after sustaining an injury on her Madame X tour.