Actually the Wed., March 30 concert at Center Stage is only open to those who previously purchased tickets to her show held three months ago at the same venue. In case you hadn't heard, she arrived hours late for her Jan. 14 show — pretty much confirming all the notorious press coverage she's ever received for making crowds wait insufferable amounts of time before taking the stage.
Similar reports started up again, when, shortly after kicking off her current tour last December, she appeared at Brooklyn's Music Hall in Williamsburg, where New York Times writer Jon Caramanica watched a would-be Lauryn Hill concert turn into a comedy of errors as fans impatiently waited for her:
After a while a few cups and bottles arced through the air and landed onstage at the feet of her band, musicians sent to the slaughter, who’d been idly vamping along with the songs the D.J. was playing — anything to pass the time, really.
Two fans in the front row hand-wrote signs: “You Just Lost One,” “This Is Insulting.” One of the keyboard players taped a reply on his kit: “I Was on Time.” Two fans in the front row hand-wrote signs: “You Just Lost One,” “This Is Insulting.” One of the keyboard players taped a reply on his kit: “I Was on Time.” When Ms. Hill finally took the stage a little after midnight — a few minutes after arriving at the club and getting carried over piles of snow on the street, one witness reported — she was primed for a fight.
“Don’t do that. That’s disrespectful,” she told the fans with the signs, motioning with her finger to the exit at the back of the room, where she suggested they go.
In the video above, you can see her chiding that same crowd, like a mother does a child, for being disrespectful when she finally took the stage.
There were no such negative reviews (dismissive tweets notwithstanding) published after her Atlanta show in January, possibly because all advanced press requests were denied by Hill's representatives. But in an attempt to preserve her musical rep, Ms. Hill wants to make up for arriving late anyway, according to this press release:
Ms. Lauryn Hill has announced a show at Atlanta’s Center Stage on March 30th where she is inviting her fans who attended the January 14th concert at the same venue to attend this new show for free. Due to a late start, Ms. Hill felt the fans didn’t receive a proper representation of the true musical experience she intended them to have.
As for those negative reviews she's received, Ms. Hill addresses them in the same release, calling them inaccurate and "amusing." You don't say:
"These more intimate playdates afford me the time to perform for listeners who haven’t heard from me over the past several years or have been misinformed by the inaccuracies in some media coverage, many of which I might add, I find very amusing. Getting back out there to perform is a lot like resuming a strenuous sport after having been away from it for a while, but eventually the muscle-memory kicks in and each day brings progressive strength. It’s an exciting and REAL process which these audiences will get to witness.”
She also addresses all her old-school Miseducation-era fans who've obviously been getting their Rip Van Winkle on since she followed up that album with her 2002 MTV Unplugged set of dense, moody blues; you know, the ones who often end up leaving her shows disappointed (and early) because they didn't get karaoke along to "Doo Wop (That Thing)."
“One of the benefits of playing venues smaller than the ones I’m used to allows me the opportunity to not only reconnect with my supporters but to expose them to a portion of the musical journey I’ve been on which the world for the most part has not had access to. I’ve never shied away from being musically adventurous, nor am I known for being a lightweight when it comes to lyrical content or musical exploration."
In other words, this is the remix.
If you are fortunate enough to have purchased tix for her January show, go here to find out how to redeem your free tix for March 30. But don't come unless you plan on coming correct. Be sure to show Ms. Hill her due respect. And don't be no fool, wear some comfortable shoes. Just in case.
*Christ, Lord sorry
"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.
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Their show with Chris, Lord about 3 years at the Unicorn was the best.
I am a connoisseur of this real soul music like the comment above I'm glad…