Lauryn Hill played ++ berated the audience @ House of Blues (pics, rant video)
photos by Brigid Gallagher
Lauryn Hill at the House of Blues on 07.16.2014
Lauryn Hill brought her current tour through Chicago last week for a performance at the House of Blues on Wednesday night (7/16). Fans may have gotten a little more than they bargained for, as doors were at 6:30PM, the show was scheduled to start at 7:30PM, and she didn't take the stage until 11:30PM(!). By the time she took the stage, the crowd was justifiably restless. Ms. Hill opened with a barely recognizable version of "Killing Me Softly" (up-tempo, rock/reggae feel). When she finished the song, some fan yelled out that she was late. She then went on a roughly 10-minute rant (both directly at the concertgoer and not) and had the guy escorted out of the show. She told him, "I do this because I love it, not because I owe you anything, you understand that?" And that was followed by "You could say whatever you want to -- I don't give a rat's ass." She did ask security to refund him the cost of his ticket, yet that's against venue policy. You can check out some video footage of part of her rant at the bottom of this post. To be blunt about it, the songs she went onto perform sounded like bad cover versions. When exiting the venue, a slew of concertgoers could be seen lined up at the box office, attempting to obtain refunds (again, against venue policy). Meanwhile, openers The Reminders took the stage at normal time.
Pictures from the 7/16 show and video footage of part of her rant lie after the jump...
Lauryn Hill disrespects audience after being 3+ hours late