Lionel Richie outrages 20K fans after canceling Earth Wind & Fire’s MSG show
Apparently, water is greater than earth, wind and fire for Lionel Richie.
Lionel Richie and Earth Wind & Fire canceled their sold-out Madison Square Garden show Saturday — an hour after it was set to begin — when the singer said he was unable to fly into the Big Apple due to poor weather conditions.
The 20,000 fans in attendance, some of whom spent hundreds on tickets and hotel rooms, blasted the iconic singer for keeping them waiting “all night long.”
“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,” the “Endless Love” singer tweeted at 8:31 p.m. The show was scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
“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.”
Video from inside the packed arena shows dejected fans booing and taking to the aisles as a spokesperson announced that the show had been canceled.
Footage also showed fans discussing whether or not they’d be able to return to Manhattan on Monday.
It’s not clear if they would be performing at the Garden or there that night.
“There was a lot of anger,” a pediatric nurse who paid $170 for nosebleed seats told The Post.
“We went out of the way to get the weekend off and now I can’t go on Monday,” said the nurse, who 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.”
Asked what she’d say to the “Hello” singer after the snafu, she said, “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.”
A married couple who frequents MSG for concerts told The Post they started to realize something was up when the show still hadn’t started 45 minutes after it was set to begin.
“You can’t sell out Madison Square Garden and [cancel due to] a weather issue. I’m frustrated and I’m concerned — I think it might be something else. I’m worried that it’s something else and that [the weather] was an excuse,” the woman said.
“As far as I know, it was bad weather. I wouldn’t fly in bad weather either,” a security guard outside MSG said.
“S–t happens in life,” he said of the throng of angry fans.
Fans took to social media to express their outrage at the Commodore’s frontman after he announced the cancellation, with many saying they spent good money on tickets, travel and hotels for the concert.
“We bought our parents good seats for a lot of money for their 50th wedding anniversary. They’re 75 and were really looking forward to tonight’s show. Thanks for ruining the gift we got for them,” one Twitter user wrote.
“After spending $1000 on two VIP tickets on a weekend, I am hoping we get a refund. Monday is not an option. We also spent $500 on a hotel and also spent several hundred dollars on food in the area,” Julie Treska tweeted. “What a huge bummer for my birthday!!! Ugh.”
Many fans questioned why Richie couldn’t have gotten to New York another way from Boston, where he played a show with Earth Wind and Fire on Friday night.
“Sounds like bad planning on your part @LionelRichie, trying to fly in at the last minute. I’ll take a refund please – no thanks to Monday!” another tweeted.
“No respect for your fans! You are no Taylor Swift. Do better. You could have driven from Boston,” Gail DeLuca said.
“Waiting all night long,” another snarked, a reference to Richie’s 1983 hit.