Madonna’s management and her tour producers have responded to a recent lawsuit filed by two New York City men who weren’t happy that one of the shows for her Celebration tour began roughly two hours after the start time listed on their tickets.
Today, Team Madonna fired back.
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“The shows opened in North America at Barclays in Brooklyn as planned, with the exception of a technical issue Dec. 13 during soundcheck,” tour company Live Nation and Madonna’s management said in a statement. “This caused a delay that was well documented in press reports at the time. We intend to defend this case vigorously.”
The Dec. 14 performance also began late, starting after 10:00 p.m. local time after an announced start time of 8:30 p.m.
Both shows occurred two months after the Celebration Tour kicked off in Europe. An October date in London also started late.
Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden accused Madonna, Live Nation, and the Barclays arena venue of “unconscionable, unfair, and/or deceptive trade practices” by listing 8:30 p.m. as the start time. The pair also groused that the show ended at 1 a.m., as they “had to get up early to go to work and/or take care of their family responsibilities the next day.”
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