Lauryn Hill was booed during a concert stop in London at the O2 Brixton Academy on Saturday. In fact, those that attended the concert became so upset with Lauryn Hill’s performance that many started to leave the concert before it ended. The London Evening Standard reported that concertgoers started to file out of the venue during Hill’s rendition of “How Many Mics.”
However, that was not the only problem with the concert that night. Hill arrived over an hour late to the venue. Lauryn is known for being late to her shows, so that was not too shocking. Once Hill took to the stage, she performed new arrangements of her previously released material, and fans were not at all happy about the new renditions. Some fans immediately visited their Twitter accounts to reveal just how unhappy they were with the concert. Some asked for refunds.
— Greg Butera (@gregbutera) September 20, 2014
There was one highlight during the concert performance. Hill performed two songs on stage where she played an acoustic guitar. The rendition of these two songs, “Mr. Intentional” and “I Get Out,” showed that Hill still has a talented voice, but fans were still not happy about the performance.
This is the not the first time Hill has changed up songs from her catalog of material. Lauryn did the same at a previous London concert. The Guardian shared one writer’s thoughts about that 2012 Lauryn Hill performance after Saturday’s concert.
“Throughout, the restless Hill bends her catalogue into new shapes, at times abandoning song structure entirely in favour of ad-libbed tangents, elongated vowels and radically altered crunching guitar arrangements – making for an experience that, commendably, is the exact opposite of a mere nostalgic singalong.”
Lauryn Hill will return to the same venue later this month for two more concerts. In recent years, Hill canceled two former tours due to health problems. Lauryn, who won a Grammy for her 1998 release of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, has not released new material in quite some time. However, The Inquisitr reported recently that the singer is among the list of performers included on Pharrell’s next album. NBA 2K15 is set release on October 7. Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Afrika Bambaataa, Missy Elliot, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will join Hill on the new Pharrell Williams release. Pharrell is currently taking on the role of mentor on the new season of NBC’s The Voice.
What do you think of Lauryn Hill being booed on stage? Are you a fan of her music? Have you seen her perform live?
[Photo: Voodoo Experience Twitter]