Two Madonna enthusiasts, Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden, are taking legal action against the pop icon, along with LiveNation and Barclays Center, for unspecified damages due to severely delayed performances during her “Celebration Tour” in New York.
According to court documents, the concerts, promoted to begin at 8:30 pm, commenced well past 10:30 pm on all three nights in December 2023.
The lawsuit alleges Madonna’s “flippant difficulty” in ensuring timely and complete performances, causing attendees to wait for hours, with some being stranded without transportation options. The complainants argue that this behavior is part of Madonna’s historical pattern of starting concerts late, sometimes several hours behind schedule.
Filed in a Brooklyn federal court, the complaint points out the inconvenience suffered by ticketholders who were left waiting well into the night. Madonna’s hospitalization in June 2023, due to a bacterial infection, led to the postponement of her “Celebration” tour, causing the New York dates to be rescheduled for December. The legal action seeks compensation for the fans who experienced significant delays and disruptions.
As of now, representatives for Madonna, LiveNation, and Barclays Center have not responded to requests for comments on the matter. Madonna, known for her iconic hits like “Like A Virgin” and “Material Girl,” has faced health challenges in the past, including a hip replacement surgery in 2020.