Singer reveals why she kept fans waiting
Lauryn Hill turned up two hours late to her concert in Atlanta because she needed to “align her energy”.
The 40-year-old singer - who found fame as a member of the Fugees - was performing a solo set at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in the US city on Friday night and only played for 40 minutes.
The Doo Wop hitmaker left fans disappointed and took two days to explain her lack of punctuality, which she said was down to her “artistic process”.
In a statement posted on her Facebook page, Hill wrote: “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. (sic).”
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