We're not sure WTF is going on inside Lauryn Hill's camp as of late, but it all seems to be a disaster. The latest inside...
Lauryn Hill is in straight 'I don't give a f**k mode', so it seems. After showing up over two hours late to her Chastain Park show in Atlanta recently and almost missing her own concert, she sent out an apology to the fans. Well, not really an apology, but more like a lame excuse. Lauryn explained why her severe tardiness (which led to her show getting cut off 30 minutes in) wasn't really her fault. She said she's late for her shows not because she doesn't care about her fans, but because....her energy sometimes isn't aligned with the time the show is scheduled to go on.
Check out her lengthy explanation in full below:
I don't show up late to shows because I don't care. And I have nothing but Love and respect for my fans. The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn't easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others. I don't have an on/off switch. I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible. For every performance that I've arrived to late, there have been countless others where I've performed in excess of two hours, beyond what I am contracted to do, pouring everything out on the stage.
Because I care so deeply about the artistic process, I scrutinize, have perfectionist tendencies, and want space made for spontaneity, which is not an easy process, with the many moving parts on the road. Some days we are more successful than others re time. However, the vitality that is infused into the performances is always appreciated by the audiences, who may not know exactly what it took to accomplish. What hasn't been touched upon by the media, I'm sure, are the hundreds of people who rushed the stage and stayed in excess of an hour after the show ended last night, just to connect.
Our challenge is to figure out the best way to accommodate the vitality, spontaneity, and spirit that make the performances worthwhile and special to begin with, while also making that experience available and accessible to others. If I didn't Love and respect the art, I wouldn't be doing this. The audience and I should have that in common.
My true audience knows emphatically that I care. It isn't possible to affect people in any deep and meaningful way without putting sacrificial time in.
I have nothing but Love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show. We are figuring out a plan to make it up to you, and will announce details as soon as we have them.
Fans' ticker money surely aligned with Lauryn's pockets though, didn't it? When an artist charges money for a concert, yes, there is an expectation fans will be getting an actual concert.
But it doesn't stop there. Lauryn just announced her Baltimore show, set for this Thursday, is cancelled!
She was set to rock the stage at Rams Head Live after announcing the date earlier this month. Now, a message about the artist appears on the venue's website saying the show has been canceled "due to unforeseeable circumstances."
She's set to perform tonight in Richmond, VA. We'll see what happens....