Lionel Richie left 20,000 followers livid and dissatisfied after canceling his sold-out present at Madison Square Garden an hour after it began.
The soul singer, 74, was set to star alongside Earth Wind & Fire on Saturday evening, however they known as the exhibit when followers had been already of their seats ready for the efficiency.
Richie blamed the “bad weather,” which meant he couldn’t land in New York.
The All Night Long singer had carried out his Sing A Song All Night Long tour the evening earlier than in Boston – which is a four-hour drive from the Big Apple.
Instead of an apology, Richie simply stated he was “stupid” that he couldn’t be there.
Lionel Richie left 20,000 followers livid and dissatisfied after canceling his sold-out present at Madison Square Garden an hour after it began
At 8:31 p.m., an hour after he ought to have been on stage, Lionel Richie wrote, “Due to severe weather and not being able to land in New York and surrounding areas, I will not be able to make it to the show tonight. I’m so stupid.
We are moving the show to Monday, August 14. I can’t wait to perform for all of you. Tickets for tonight’s show are valid for Monday’s show.’
Tickets for Richie’s Monday show in the front section retail for over $500.
There were thunderstorms and torrential rain in New York City – but these weather fronts didn’t hit until the wee hours of Sunday morning, by which time Richie’s concert would have ended.
The cancellation enraged thousands of people – who pointed out that the singer would have made it to New York in other ways without flying.
Fans were booed at the iconic NYC venue when the announcement was made. Many had traveled long distances to see Richie at MSG.
One couple said they flew across the Atlantic just for the show — and were completely disappointed by Richie’s cancellation: “We flew from Ireland and were in MSG for two hours tonight.
“Heartbroken, can you please confirm that Earth Wind and Fire will play for the rescheduled concert on Monday.”
Another irate fan stated, “After spending $1000 on two VIP tickets in one weekend, I hope we get our money back. Monday is not an option.
“We also spent $500 on a hotel and also spent several hundred dollars on food in the area. What a huge disappointment for my birthday!!!! Ugh.’
An irate fan wrote, “I CALL BULLS**T! YOU PLAYED IN BOSTON last night. 1.5 hours flight to NYC, 4 hours by bus.
‘THERE WERE NO CANCELLATIONS EARLY TODAY, YOU MUST BE IN NYC NO LATER THAN 2PM. THANK YOU FOR WASTE OUR TIME & MONEY FOR YOUR NO SHOW!’
The All Night Long singer had performed his Sing A Song All Night Long tour the night before in Boston – which is four hours from the Big Apple
Verdine White, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind & Fire perform in Toronto, Ontario
Another added, “Damn fans are pissed they didn’t find out until they were already in their seats.”
And a 3rd stated, ‘That’s why you could have contingency plans. Could have pushed from Boston. Earth Wind and Fire made no downside of it.
20k followers made it too. Your workers made you look dangerous.”
One girl stated she flew her aged mom to New York for a birthday shock. Now they’ll’t attend the rescheduled live performance.
They stated, ‘I flew to NYC with my mom for her 75th birthday, she wants to see you for the occasion.
‘Monday 14 Aug is not convenient for us when we fly home. So no concert on the milestone birthday. Pretty disappointed with this.’