Lauryn Hill Explains Why She’s Constantly Late to Her Shows
Lauryn Hill's notoriety for being late to shows came to a head Friday (May 6) when she showed up two hours late to a concert in Atlanta and only performed for about 40 minutes before her show was cut short. Boos were showered down, and afterward Twitter went in with some people snapping off on the former Fugees front woman for punctuality issues and some people defending her legacy.
Ms. Hill blamed the Atlanta event on her driver getting lost, but it seems there is more to her affinity for not showing up on time. After hearing all the uproar over her late show on social media, Hill took to Facebook to clear the air.
The issue seems much deeper. According to her message, her timing problems have nothing to do with being able to get to the venue in a timely manner. It has everything to do with her spiritual energy that day. She also points out instances when she has performed well past her allotted time slot.
Check out the entire note, 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.
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