Two consumers have filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Madonna and events behemoth Live Nation after the concert scheduled for December 22, 2019 in Miami was abruptly canceled following an apparent temper tantrum thrown by the singer.
Filed in Miami-Dade County, Florida Circuit Court, the proposed class action says the Madame X Tour was promoted and marketed as “something altogether different” than anything the pop icon had done in the past. The tour was slated to be a “personal, intimate theatre” experience for which Madonna would play smaller venues than usual and was touted as “the ultimate Madonna experience for Madonna fans.”
Outlined in the complaint, however, is Madonna’s apparent history of starting concerts late, often by more than two hours. Early on in her tour, the case says, Madonna routinely showed up late and canceled a number of stops leading up to the Miami show. In fact, numerous concerts from 2016 through 2019 failed to start on time, and the start times of some 2019 shows were pushed back from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to seemingly accommodate Madonna’s “a queen is never late” outlook, per the case.
Prior to the Miami stop of the 2019 Madame X Tour, Madonna canceled six dates—one in September, one in October, two in November and two in December—due to “injury,” the complaint relays. Further, the start time of the December 22 show, which was to be the final date of the tour in Florida, was already pushed back from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Nevertheless, Madonna, citing “health concerns,” canceled the December 22 Miami concert “approximately 15 minutes” before it was set to begin, the lawsuit says, citing aDaily Mailreport from inside sources who said a “furious” Madonna had “thrown a temper tantrum while warming up” before terminating two employees and ultimately that night’s show. The brief statement released by the singer with regard to the Miami concert included no reason as to why the show was axed, the case adds.
The plaintiffs allege in the case that Madonna was “upset and furious” after being served earlier that day with a lawsuit from her former husband, film director Guy Ritchie. Adding to Madonna’s supposed furor were low ticket sales for that evening’s event and alleged unprofessionalism on behalf of the venue, the suit says.
While Live Nation and Madonna offered refunds for the face value of concertgoers’ tickets, the plaintiffs and proposed class members were not fully compensated for the damages they suffered as a result of the show’s abrupt cancellation, the lawsuit alleges.
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