There are times when tardiness can cost you, and two angry Madonna fans are going to court against the musician for just that reason. Court documents revealed in a new report from TMZ show that Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden have launched a lawsuit against both Madonna and concert organizer Live Nation after the singer started a recent concert more than two hours late.
As reported by TMZ, Fellows and Hadden decided to express themselves through legal action after shows they attended which were scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. did not start until approximately 10:30 p.m. The two men filed the suit as a class action alleging that the delayed starts constitute a “wanton exercise in false advertising, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.”
Both are seeking damages from Madonna and Live Nation for all three nights that Madonna failed to make her advertised call time at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. However, potentially undercutting their case, the men noted that the musician has a long and well-known history of failing to start shows on time.
The men consider their expensive ticket costs, $155.90 and $292.50, as devalued by the late start of the 65-year-old “Queen of Pop’s” performance. Despite a recent health scare that delayed her overall tour by nearly a month, TMZ reported that the delays in question were in fact due to sound issues, citing an unnamed source.
In the text of the lawsuit obtained by Billboard, the men alleged through attorneys that “Defendants failed to provide any notice to the ticketholders that the concerts would start much later than the start time printed on the ticket and as advertised.”
This reportedly resulted in both of the concert-goers leaving the venue after 1 a.m. and being “left stranded in the middle of the night,” with some “confronted with limited public transportation” options. They also complained that the concert took place “on a weeknight” and that they “had to get up early to go to work and/or take care of their family responsibilities the next day.”
The New York Post noted that lawsuits over Madonna’s habitual lateness are hardly new adding she told fans at the Brooklyn show, “The fact that I’m here right now is the f – – king miracle.”
Following a previous lawsuit in 2019, she pithily told fans at the Las Vegas Colosseum, “Here’s something you all need to understand: and that is … a queen is never late.”
In 2015, after appearing late for a show at Manchester Arena in the UK she told the crowd,
“My lateness tonight is due… I don’t like to be late by the way.. and all you b**ches who keep complaining about it can shut the f**k up.”
She added according to The Guardian: “I’m not back there eating chocolate and filing my nails and getting my extensions done, all right?” Explaining, “Tonight, our video crashed, and we had no video, and our backup file was – I don’t know – it was compromised, put it like that … So praise the Lord and thank you God, but that is why we are late, all right? For no selfish diva-b**ch reason.”