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People Are Mad At Madonna For Starting Her Concerts Late, And One Man Is Suing

Her response: “A queen is never late.”

Posted on November 10, 2019, at 11:19 a.m. ET

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A fan is suing Madonna after the pop star changed the start time of an upcoming Miami concert from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The lawsuit comes as fans across the country have been angry over the Queen of Pop's tardiness. On Saturday, Madonna weighed in onstage in Las Vegas: “A queen is never late,” she said.

F. A.C.T.S. 👑 .................... #madamextheatre #thecolosseum

Nate Hollander, who filed the class action suit in Miami-Dade County court last week, claims that he had bought three tickets for a total of $1,024.95 to see her “Madame X” tour at the Miami Beach Fillmore on Dec. 17. But months after he bought the tickets, Live Nation changed the start time of the show, making it too late for Hollander to attend, his suit said.

The breach of contract suit claims that Madonna has a reputation for starting her concerts late, and that the opening show of the “Madame X” tour started 2 1/2 hours late. Because of her consistently late start times, the suit says, Live Nation changed the official start times of subsequent shows.

Additionally, Miami-Dade County has a curfew for teens under 18, which means that teens can’t be out in public without an adult after 11 p.m. Teenage fans who had planned on attending the upcoming show without an adult now cannot go at all.

Hollander alleges that he attempted unsuccessfully to obtain a refund from Live Nation for his tickets. He claims that because of the changed start time, the resale value of the tickets will be lower than what he paid for them.

On Twitter, Madonna’s statement about a queen never being late didn’t go over exactly as she might have expected. The replies were full of fans who were mad that their tickets had changed times, or were still mad from her being late from a previous show.

@Madonna They just changed the time of the show from 8:30-10:30 in Boston. What time will she really go on? Is there an opening act? I have to work the next day...😳

@Madonna We are coming to see you Sunday. Please don’t be too late. We have lives too! We love you but really do feel disrespected when you are late. Thank you

@Madonna Was at the show in Manchester where she claimed to "not like being late" yet night after night she does it. Imagine if someone left her waiting for hours after an scheduled time they would be out the door! 10.30 starts are bad enough. Arriving on stage at midnight is disgraceful.

@Madonna 😂😂😂😉 There is only one Queen ❤️❤️❤️ Love from Germany ❤️❤️❤️

Fans at Thursday’s tour date in Las Vegas said Madonna didn’t show up onstage until midnight.

@AgentMadameX @Madonna We bought tickets for an 8:30 show on 11/7, NOT a 12:07 AM show start on 11/8. It ruined a day and the concert was the worst I’ve experienced. Elton at Caesar’s was phenomenal as was Celine.

“The guy next to me was snoring louder than her songs and a lot of people were chanting for a ticket refund,” one attendee tweeted. “It was a disaster.”

@Madonna We walked out of the concert!! The guy next to me was snoring louder than her songs and a lot of people were chanting for a ticket refund... It was a disaster. 😭

BuzzFeed News reached out to representatives for Live Nation and Madonna as well as Nate Holland.

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