Fans Take Legal Action Against Madonna Over Concert Delay

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Madonna is facing legal action from two devoted fans, Michael Fellows of Brooklyn and Jonathan Hadden of the Bronx, who are displeased with the delayed commencement of her concert in New York City last month.

The lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn federal court, alleges that the plaintiffs were not informed about the later start time for the Dec. 13 show on her “Celebration Tour.” Seeking class action status, the suit contends that the 65-year-old pop star took the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn between 10:45 and 11 p.m., extending the performance past 1 a.m.

The legal action asserts that concert attendees faced challenges with limited and costlier transportation options post-show, particularly impacting those attending on a weeknight who had work and family commitments the next day. The plaintiffs claim they would not have purchased tickets had they been aware of the late start and finish times. (Fellows paid $155.90 for one ticket, and Hadden paid $292.50 for two.)

The lawsuit targets Live Nation, the organizer, and the Barclays Center, accusing them of engaging in unconscionable and deceptive trade practices by advertising concerts to commence at 8:30 p.m., despite knowing that Madonna would start later.

Hadden and Fellows argue that Madonna’s pattern of late concert starts is evident in her past tours, citing similar incidents. Notably, Madonna faced a lawsuit in 2019 for a delayed start, though it was dropped, and another in 2020, which was settled and voluntarily dismissed. The “Celebration Tour” had been postponed from June to October due to a bacterial infection, with tickets quickly selling out upon release, reaching resale prices of over $199 on Ticketmaster for her concert at Madison Square Garden.