Two Fans Sue Madonna For Starting Her NYC Concert Two Hours Late

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Two Madonna fans from New York are suing the pop singer for delaying her Brooklyn concert two hours past the scheduled start time, a move which they say caused undue hardship and stress.

Michael Fellows of Brooklyn and Jonathan Hadden of The Bronx are upset in part because they had to be up early for work the next day. That made them especially aggravated when the 65-year-old star didn’t take the stage until close to 11 p.m. at her December 13 performance at Barclays Center. The show was part of the singer’s “Celebration Tour.”

The two men filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court, per The New York Post. The document states that their tickets showed a start time of 8:30 p.m. but Madonna didn’t start her portion of the show until around 10:45 p.m.

The lawsuit accuses Madonna, entertainment company Live Nation, and hosting venue Barclays Center of “unconscionable, unfair, and/or deceptive trade practices.”

Fellows and Hadden further noted that they were “confronted with limited public transportation, limited ride-sharing, and increased public and private transportation costs at that late hour,” side effects which were blamed on the late start time, the outlet noted.

“In addition, many ticketholders who attended concerts on a weeknight had to get up early to go to work and/or take care of their family responsibilities the next day,” the document says. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages and hope to create a class action suit as other performances have also started later than advertised.


This isn’t the first time the Material Girl has been sued for being tardy. In 2019, Madonna was named in a class action lawsuit which sounded very similar to this latest complaint during her “Madame X” tour. 

 “Ticketholders [have] to work and go to school the next day, which prevent[s] them from attending a concert that would end at around 1:00 a.m.,” the suit said, per a PageSix report at the time. Plaintiff Nate Hollander accused the pop star of having a “long history of arriving and starting her concerts late.”

Madonna responded to the accusations at the time, telling a crowd of concert attendees at the Colosseum in November 2019, “Here’s something you all need to understand, and that is … a queen is never late.” 

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