Madonna Fires Back at Lawsuit over Concert Start Times

"A reasonable concertgoer would understand that the venue’s doors will open at or before the ticketed time," her lawyers wrote

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BY Sydney BrasilPublished Apr 4, 2024

Madonna is asking that a lawsuit against her concerts' late start times be thrown out, as per Billboard.

Plaintiffs Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden accused the singer of breaking the law in January after her Celebration tour shows in Brooklyn, NY, started over two hours after the ticketed time. In their suit, the pair claimed they "had to get up early to go to work" after leaving the venue at 1 a.m.

Madge's lawyers have now officially challenged these claims in a motion filed Wednesday (April 3). "Plaintiffs speculate that ticketholders who left the venue after 1 a.m. might have had trouble getting a ride home or might have needed to wake up early the next day for work. That is not a cognizable injury," the motion reads.

The singer's legal team also noted that a headlining act rarely hits the stage right at a concert's ticketed time: "Rather, a reasonable concertgoer would understand that the venue's doors will open at or before the ticketed time, one or more opening acts may perform while attendees arrive and make their way to their seats and before the headline act takes the stage, and the headline act will take the stage later in the evening," they wrote.

What's more is that one of the plaintiffs "raved" about the performance on Facebook, calling it "incredible, as always!" "In other words, the concert met or exceeded his expectations," Madonna's lawyers stated.

The Celebration tour is currently still underway after health issues forced Madonna to postpone its North American leg. 

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