The day after Lauryn Hill showed up three hours late to a Pittsburgh performance, she issued an apology to attendees on social media. According to sources, Hill was scheduled to be on stage at 8 p.m., but didn’t appear until around 11:20 p.m., just when a line of frustrated fans were asking for refunds.
The singer explained via Facebook that she was late because members of her band were delayed by a New York City snowstorm. Weird, considering it was reported that her band was on stage waiting for her.
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In a statement, Lauryn wrote: “To my fans in Pittsburgh: We apologize for the extremely late start last night, there were factors out of our control. Due to the snow yesterday in NYC, half of my band, and some members of my crew, were stuck at LGA airport all day. After several cancelled and delayed flights throughout the day, they arrived late last night, and went straight to the venue for the show. The promoter notified people of the new start time through social media, and as fans got to the venue. In hindsight, we should have cancelled the performance and rescheduled for a later date, but we decided to try and make it happen.”
She added, “We are working on scheduling another performance in Pittsburgh later this month, before the end of the tour, for the people who bought tickets to my show last night. More details will be announced over the next few days. We look forward to seeing the fans in Pittsburgh again in a few weeks. Thank you for your understanding.”
Fans seem to have forgiven her for her tardiness. “Some people don’t understand the road life. We appreciate your art work and all you’ve contributed,” Mike Shawnoo wrote under the post. “Thank you for the explanation and apology! It was worth the wait! Thank you for coming to meet with us and take pictures after the show! You’re amazing,” wrote Blake Leibert.
However, others were understandably still upset. “Girl, bye. This is not the first time, and will not be the last. You’re taking advantage of fans all over the country. I love you, but you have to stop the shenanigans. People pay hard earned money to come see you. Respect it! Give them a good show or go home,” wrote Maria Renee.
Hopefully that makeup show will be good…and start on time.