Fans enraged when Lionel Richie cancels sold-out MSG show 1 hour AFTER start time due to weather

Fans of Lionel Richie were less than understanding when the legendary singer suddenly canceled a sold-out show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden an hour after it was scheduled to begin.

The venue was already packed on Saturday night as over 20,000 people were eagerly anticipating seeing the legendary singer and Earth Wind & Fire perform their decades worth of hit songs when they received the disappointing news that the performance would not be taking place and had been rescheduled for Monday.

The 74-year-old blamed adverse weather conditions for the postponement of the show, taking to Twitter/X at 8:31 p.m., the concert had been set to start at 7:30 p.m.

“Due to severe weather and being unable to land in the NY and surrounding areas, I’m unable to make it to the show tonight. I’m so bummed. We are rescheduling the show to Monday Aug 14. Can’t wait to perform for you all. Tickets for tonight’s show are valid for the show on Monday,” Richie tweeted.

The mood inside MSG turned predictably ugly after the bad news was announced, leaving people who had paid good money for tickets to see the “All Night Long” singer perform live, with some having also paid for travel and hotel arrangements only to be stood up, leaving fans angry and skeptical of the excuse.

“There was a lot of anger,” one concertgoer, a pediatric nurse who shelled out $170 for seats in the “nosebleed” section told the New York Post.

“We went out of the way to get the weekend off and now I can’t go on Monday,” she said, telling the outlet that she came in from Long Island with her husband and coworker. “Does he think it’s easy for me to take off Monday night? This is New York. We work.”

When asked if she had a message for Richie, the nurse told the Post, “Hope you’re OK but you should have taken a limo for your fans for four hours. He’s loaded … take a f–king limo,” referring to the time it would take to drive from Boston where he had performed on Friday.

Other disappointed Richie fans took to Twitter/X to respond to his announcement of the postponement.

Earth Wind & Fire had been scheduled to play in Hartford without Richie on Monday and announced that the show had been rescheduled to Wednesday.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Earth, Wind & Fire concert scheduled for Monday, August 14th at Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 16th. All tickets purchased for original date will be honored,” the band announced on social media, indicating that they will be appearing with Richie at the rescheduled MSG show on Monday.

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