Massachusetts Madonna Fans May File Lawsuit Against Her and TD Garden
One thing we learned from Madonna's pair of shows this month in Boston is that the 65-year-old can certainly still bring the controversy.
There were strong opinions on both sides when Fun 107 reported that Madonna's Jan. 8 show started so late at Boston's TD Garden that it didn't end until the wee hours of the following morning. Many Madonna fans staunchly supported the Material Girl saying that she has earned the right to take the stage whenever she darn well pleases.
However, nearly as many people, including some fans, thought the Material Girl keeping her audience waiting for hours was nothing short of rude.
It wasn't an isolated incident.
Before the holidays, Madonna kept her Brooklyn audience waiting until nearly 11 p.m. before kicking off the show. Enter Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden, two men who attended one of the shows at the Barclays Center, according to ABC News.
The men are claiming a breach of contract and deceptive trade practices because the ticket listed the start time as 8:30 p.m. and the show didn't begin until 10:50.
The question now: Will we see similar lawsuits filed by Boston concertgoers?
Madonna didn't seem to have too much remorse about her late start in Boston on Jan. 8, pulling a similar stunt the following night at the Garden. My music insiders tell me that Madonna showed up to the venue ready and willing to pay whatever fines were necessary to take the stage super-late. Those overtime fees can be tens of thousands of dollars a minute.
What were the damages for the people who attended this concert? One could argue that concertgoers were unable to fully enjoy the shows because they had to leave early due to transportation issues (such as the T ending trips). The fact that the Boston concerts happened on a Monday and Tuesday night could mean that some wouldn't have been able to remain for the entire show due to work or school in the morning.
Lawyers are already lining up for a payday. One consumer attorney in Florida who already has experience suing the Ulta Music Festival is launching a campaign to recruit plaintiffs.
"Did you attend a Madonna concert at the TD Garden? You may be entitled to a refund," reads a sponsored Facebook ad that surfaced this week.
This will be one to watch. If Madonna's Boston fans are successful in their lawsuit, it could change the way artists perform.
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