Madonna 3 Hours Late to Concert, Blames Audience
Hundreds of fans had already left
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2016 10:52 AM CDT
Madonna performs during the Rebel Heart World Tour in Macau, China, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(Newser) – Madonna is performing in Australia for the first time in more than two decades this month, but apparently the occasion isn't major enough for her to bother being punctual. As the Guardian reports, the Material Girl arrived for her Wednesday night show in Brisbane at 11:22pm. It was originally scheduled for 9pm, then the nearly sold-out audience was told the start time had been pushed back to 10:30pm. When Madonna finally arrived onstage, she joked that she's rarely late, and added, "It’s you people that get here early that’s the problem. Stay home, do your hair and makeup, have a tequila. Roll yourself a fat one ... Just come late and I won’t have to come early."

Fans were not amused, noted Nathanael Cooper in his review in the Brisbane Times—which dubbed Her Madgesty's lateness "breathtakingly arrogant." Sample tweet: "So was the 22 year and three hour wait worth it? Simple answer .. No." CBS News, which notes that Madonna started a Melbourne concert last week more than four hours late, reports that hundreds of fans had already left before Madonna showed up in Brisbane—and that by the time the concert finished, the last train had already departed the venue. "How do we get money back after waiting two hrs for Madonna?" one fan wrote on the ticket agency's Facebook page, per the BBC. "Just disgusting." It's possible Madonna is a bit preoccupied with her custody battle—in Melbourne last week, she emotionally dedicated a "bizarre" performance to son Rocco.