Why is Madonna tardy to her own concerts?

Jon Bream, Star Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

Why was he late? Rumors of strippers in his dressing room back in the day. In one city, he admitted to watching an entire "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie backstage. He simply must get in the right frame of mind, according to Craig Duswalt, Rose's personal assistant during the Use Your Illusion Tour, 1991-93.

The assistant told Forbes in 2014: "Axl would warm up for an hour in the shower doing vocal exercises. He would get a massage; he would get adjusted by a chiropractor. He would tape up his ankles because he ran around so much. He prepared for 2 1/2 to three hours before a show. And then after each show he would go back into the shower and warm down his voice for a half-hour."

On the other hand, with all these late, late finishes, GNR had to pay considerable amounts of overtime for union stagehands, which typically kicks in at midnight. At some point, Axl got the message and learned to be more punctual.

Worth the wait? Usually. Performance grade: B

Lauryn Hill

If Axl Rose is the king, Lauryn Hill will battle Madonna for the queen of tardiness.


The reclusive Hill, who hasn't released an album of new material for 25 years, has been a sporadic concert performer who is consistently late to the stage. Sometimes it comes back to bite her.

In 2016, after she commenced two hours late in Atlanta, her microphone was cut off less than an hour into her performance, because of the venue's curfew.

"I don't show up late to shows because I don't care," Hill said in a Facebook post at the time.

She's been on tour since last fall celebrating the silver anniversary of 1999′s "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."


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