Toronto Is All Kinds of Angry About Lauryn Hill's Concert
Fans on social media were dismayed at Hill showing up to the Budweiser Stage over an hour past her slated start time, only to perform for 45 minutes. An official itinerary posted at the venue had Hill scheduled to perform from 9:10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Multiple attendees claimed Hill spent time onstage criticizing her live band and tech crew while rushing through 10 tracks from her album, closing the set with her own take on Drake's "Nice for What," which samples her song "Ex-Factor."
While plenty of people were critical of Hill's performance, many others remained critical at their decision to buy tickets in the first place.
Twitter user @rebeccaga0 wrote, "The Lauryn Hill concert last night was really disappointing but mostly I'm mad at myself. Like, what did I expect from a Lauryn Hill concert in our Lord's year 2018?"
User @claudia_sicon was "more surprised by how surprised and upset ppl are by the long wait for her & the 45 set? Like, did you think she'd change her proven ways just for you, Toronto?"
Some of the night's disappointment also found its way down the bill to the opening acts. Dave East had initially been announced as an opener for the Toronto stop, but did not appear on the schedule. Another attendee alleged that the venue continued displaying ads on video boards during an opening set from Tierra Whack.
You can find reaction from the Toronto crowd below, while plenty of disappointed fans have also weighed in on the concert's Facebook event page.
So disappointed in the Lauryn Hill concert tonight. Made fans wait over an hour and then performed for 45 mins max. Could barely recognize the songs she attempted to sing. Cash grab for sure. Don't waste your money on her!— Jennifer Azevedo (@WWJenn) July 19, 2018
2018 and people are still buying Lauryn Hill tickets expecting a good performance. *sigh* https://t.co/YJhAmhbUH5— Nefertitti (@Wahliii) July 19, 2018
So, Ms. Hill hit the stage 2 hours late and then did a 45-minute set.— Errol Nazareth (@ErrolNazareth) July 19, 2018
Gotta agree with @questlove who said: Hill is facing down "the embarrassment of now being a one album legacy artist and the possibility of not mattering anymore in this disposable society."
If I paid to see a two hour set and the act decided to make me wait an hour and twenty minutes to then only play a forty minute set I would be pretty livid.. I don't understand how Lauryn Hill fans do it and just accept that it is what it is for every show she does.— Jessica Nicole 🐼 (@jessicawillo) July 19, 2018
My coworker came in this morning after the Lauryn Hill concert like it was literally 4-5 songs. She didn't know about Lauryn's track record before buying the tickets 😭— kayypea (@kayypea) July 19, 2018
The Lauryn Hill concert last night was really disappointing but mostly I'm mad at myself. Like, what did I expect from a Lauryn Hill concert in our Lord's year 2018?— Rebecca Gao (@rebeccaga0) July 19, 2018
Damn Toronto is roasting Lauryn Hill for only performing a 40 min set and she once again ran through them songs lol— Tasha (@LGraHolla) July 19, 2018
I went to the Lauryn Hill show last night and I'm more surprised by how surprised and upset ppl are by the long wait for her & the 45 set? Like, did you think she'd change her proven ways just for you, Toronto?— Claudia Sicondolfo (@claudia_sicon) July 19, 2018
Lauryn hill was a big let down last night. From her unrecognizable songs, constant critisim of her band, shortest performance of the show, and throwing off all of Toronto with that terrible nice for what remix. She still the queen though.— Jax B (@APPLEJ4X) July 19, 2018
Saw Lauryn Hill in Toronto last night. She was 90 minutes late, only performed for 45 minutes, and it really wasn't that good. #laurynhill— Ryan (@scienceduck) July 19, 2018
Can't believe y'all got finessed into a Lauryn Hill concert— Wally Szczerbiak (@findingwhitney) July 19, 2018
Hope everyone enjoyed Lauryn Hill's opening act "Waiting for Lauryn Hill" #Toronto— Daniel Gerichter (@ZenDonut) July 19, 2018
At the Lauryn Hill concert in Toronto, the camera man just panned to someone wearing a @DeMar_DeRozan shirt and the entire crowd got up and cheered for DeMar (Ms Lauryn Hill isn't on yet so that's how you know it's for Deebo). Toronto loves you DeMar!!— Marina Ho (@Marinaho) July 19, 2018
If you went to the @MsLaurynHill concert in Toronto tonight and are mad she showed up late...you REALLY know nothing about Lauryn Hill concerts. #notjustonetime #notalwaysontime pic.twitter.com/r8C4bDygHb— Ryan Doyle (@ryandoyleshow) July 19, 2018
When u see y Lauryn Hill is trending in Toronto. Nah but seriously I adore this womans music n been a fan since The Fugees...but I would never ever ever ever ever ever see her in concert even if it was free. How is it that people are STILL surprised about how she is at concerts!? pic.twitter.com/iDwzEJmtHJ— Marquee (@Marquee_ITG) July 19, 2018