Lauryn Hill’s tardiness on the “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” 20th-anniversary tour has become such a given that even coming close to her scheduled set time is a cause for celebration.
A review of the 43-year-old singer’s London concert on Monday began by praising her for only coming out 20 minutes late.
“‘She’s on time!’ A ripple of excitement has just gone through the O2 Arena. The lights have dimmed, and Lauryn Hill is as about as ‘on time’ as she’ll ever be – just 20 minutes late,” wrote the Independent’s Roisin O’Connor.
But that wasn’t the only positive the reviewer took from the show. Despite noting a difference between how the songs sound on the original album and how they were played live, the reviewer wrote, “the former Fugees member’s free-jazz approach to the live set is often scattershot, but it makes the set feel loose and relaxed rather than messy.”
If that seems like faint praise, that’s because the tour, which started in July, has been plagued by issues.
Late last month, Hill only performed a half-hour set after a French arena cut her off after she came out two hours late.
“We apologize for the late start,” she said in a statement at the time. “We’re working through the kinks of moving the production to Europe, with time changes and curfew restrictions, we’ve had a few challenges in these early shows.”
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