Why is Madonna tardy to her own concerts?

Jon Bream, Star Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

MINNEAPOLIS — Madonna, you're tardy. Habitually.

Starting your 8:30 p.m. concert after 10 p.m. — sometimes as late as 10:50 without an opening act — is not acceptable.

We can't send you to the principal's office, but two fans have done the adult equivalent: taken you to court.

Madonna, tour promoter Live Nation and Barclays Center in Brooklyn were accused in a lawsuit on Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court of Eastern New York of "unconscionable, unfair, and/or deceptive trade practices" for the delayed start of 10:50 p.m., which the plaintiffs argue constitutes a breach of contract and "a wanton exercise in false advertising."

Like someone who is tardy, Madonna responded with a note from her parents, er, promoter Live Nation, that there were technical problems that caused the late start.

Since the lawsuit was filed, the queen of pop has been a little more diligent, starting at 9:40 p.m. in New York City, 9:55 p.m. in Montreal and 10:05 p.m. in Philadelphia, to cite a few. Prior to the lawsuit, Madonna launches included 10:25 p.m. in Toronto, 10:30 p.m. in Detroit and 10:40 p.m. in Washington D.C., according to setlist.fm.


Clearly, Madonna's Celebration Tour doesn't run like clockwork. However, Madonna is not the only artist with a history of tardiness. Here's a look at other concert delinquents.

Guns N' Roses

Axl Rose is the king of the tardy rockers. Well, he used to be. Let's review the start times for GNR concerts in the Twin Cities in this century (all scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.):

2002 — 10:40 p.m.; 2006 — 11:45 p.m. (finished at 2:10 a.m.); 2011 — 11:15 p.m. (finished at 2 a.m.); 2017 — 8:30 p.m.; 2021 — 8 p.m.


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