Last May, Lauryn Hill showed up for a concert in Atlanta about two hours late, and the fans who attended the show were not happy. It wasn’t the first time Hill had shown up at a concert well past the scheduled starting time—she’s become notorious for her late arrivals at this point—but she was so late in that instance and received such negative backlash for it that she took to her Facebook page to offer up an explanation to her fans.
"I don’t show up late to shows because I don’t care," she wrote. "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."
Since then, there haven’t been a lot of reports of Hill showing up ridiculously late to shows, even though she has spent most of the last six months traveling the country on her The MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series. But on Tuesday night, Hill showed up late—very late—to a show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and fans freaked out on social media as a result of it.
Hill’s show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET at Heinz Hall. But according to tweets sent out by fans who were in attendance, Hill was a no-show as of around 11 p.m. There were plenty of people jam-packed into the concert hall, and there was an entire band set up on the stage ready to go. But there was no Lauryn Hill to be found.
NJ.com is reporting that, at around 11 p.m., many of the frustrated fans inside of the concert hall started lining up to try and get refunds for their tickets. But at right around 11:20 p.m., Hill finally made her way into Heinz Hall and eventually took the stage to perform. The show reportedly ran until around 1 a.m., and while most of the fans who had purchased tickets for the concert had reportedly left by that time, it sounds like Hill still managed to put on a good show.
That obviously hasn’t stopped people from going in on Hill on Twitter for showing up late to yet another concert. Hill’s name has been trending for most of Wednesday morning with most people sending out tweets that include some variation of "It’s Lauryn Hill—what did you expect?!" to those fans who were upset with her tardiness.
Hill hasn’t released a statement regarding her late start in Pittsburgh. But given the strong reaction it has received, it’s probably only a matter of time before she takes to social media to explain herself again.