lauryn hill defends being two hours late to her concert, after fans complain

'The challenge is aligning my energy with the time,' the persistently late artist wrote on Facebook last night.

May 9 2016, 3:44pm

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Lauryn Hill, former Fugee and solo legend behind 1998's groundbreaking The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, has a reputation for being many things. Unfortunately one of those things is being consistently late, as she demonstrated at a concert in Atlanta over the weekend. Ms. Hill's concert was scheduled to start at 8pm, however the artist reportedly didn't show up until 10.20pm. To rub salt into the wound, her mic was cut off at 11pm — after just 40 minutes — due to the venue's strict closing time. Understandably, fans were not impressed. One even called her our on her tardiness from the crowd, at which point she blamed her driver for getting lost. However in a sort-of apology on Facebook last night, she instead she claimed that she was rather "aligning my energy with the time."

"The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn't easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others," she wrote. "Because I care so deeply about the artistic process, I scrutinize, have perfectionist tendencies, and want space made for spontaneity, which is not an easy process, with the many moving parts on the road," she went on. "Some days we are more successful than others re time."

MLH suggested that she would "make it up" to her Atlanta fans. "I have nothing but Love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show," she said.  "We are figuring out a plan to make it up to you, and will announce details as soon as we have them." However for people who paid to see her perform, it was too little too late. 

"With much respect to your explanation...I will continue to support you by requesting and playing your music from time to time but more importantly how do I get my money back for the tickets I paid for.....because the energy that poetically flows through my bank account would like to be refreshed and refilled," one Facebook commenter wrote. "When endeavoring to align that energy, it might help to imagine yourself expanding your consciousness and connecting your artistic energy with the energy your fans expended to earn the money for the tickets and to get to their seats on time," wrote another. "Also, if your driver truly did get lost, s/he might want to tap into some Garmin energy."

It's a difficult situation for loyal fans whose younger years were formed in part by songs like "Doo Wop (That Thing)" and "Everything Is Everything." Though what a testament to the lasting power of Miseducation 18 years later that people are willing to wait two hours to see their idol live. 


Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Greg Chow via Flickr Creative Commons