Madonna’s ‘Celebration’ Tour Faces Lawsuit Over Delayed Start Times: Management Defends Against Allegations

NEW YORK CITY – Madonna’s management and tour producers have responded to a lawsuit filed by two men in New York City who were dissatisfied with the late start time of one of her shows during the “Celebration” tour. In a statement, Live Nation and Madonna’s management defended themselves and stated that the delay was due to a technical issue during soundcheck. They expressed their intention to vigorously defend the case.

The lawsuit was filed by Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden, who accused Madonna, Live Nation, and the Barclays arena venue of deceptive trade practices for listing 8:30 p.m. as the start time when the show actually began two hours later. The plaintiffs claimed that this caused them inconvenience, as they had to wake up early for work or family responsibilities the next day.

This is not the first time that Madonna’s tour has faced delays. The same issue occurred during a performance in London in October, as well as during the December 13 and December 14 shows.

Madonna’s “Celebration” tour launched in Europe two months prior to the North American shows at Barclays in Brooklyn. Despite the delays, the tour has garnered positive media attention and has been well-received by fans.

The defendants have stated that the delays were well-documented in press reports at the time and were a result of a technical issue. They maintain that they followed their obligations in ensuring a successful tour and will vigorously fight against the allegations made in the lawsuit.

The outcome of this lawsuit will determine whether or not Madonna, Live Nation, and the Barclays arena venue are held accountable for the alleged deceptive trade practices. Both sides are expected to present their arguments in court as the case progresses.

It will be interesting to see how this lawsuit affects the perception and reputation of Madonna and her tour, as well as how it may impact future ticket sales and fan support. The outcome could potentially have broader implications for the live music industry as a whole in terms of accountability and transparency regarding show start times.

Overall, this lawsuit highlights the challenges and potential legal ramifications that can arise in the entertainment industry when there are discrepancies between advertised start times and the actual start times of performances. Both sides will have the opportunity to present their case in court, and it remains to be seen how the judge will rule in this matter.