The night I flew into Rio 2 weeks ago, I was supposed to go to the Lauryn Hill concert with some of my girlfriends. The show was sold out, but the plan was to get box tickets - expensive, but if we could get 3 or 4 girls in a box, it would be pretty reasonable. Unfortunately (or fortunately...), Rafa found out that the box ticket price was per person, not for the space. So, not wanting to stand out in the cold and haggle with scalpers, we all decided not to go to the concert.
I was disappointed, as Lauryn Hill has been one of my favorite artists since her time with The Fugees. I especially liked her solo work.
The next day, I found out from some acquaintances that did go to the show that it was horrible. Lauryn started nearly 2 hours late, then played for barely 90 minutes. She didn't include barely any of her hits in the repertoire, and her voice was hoarse and off-key. The audience in Rio was so disappointed by her performance that they booed and cat-called the entire time.
Also, I heard that in the days leading up to the concert, Lauryn accepted to be interviewed by Brasilian press, but only if the interviewer was Black. In the interview, which was done as per her request, it came out that before leaving the US Lauryn asked her agent for a load of cash, as she didn't think they used credit cards in Brasil.
Sigh. I have issues with both of these things, but am not in the mood to get into it.
So, in surfing the internet today, I came across this article. Seems Ms. Hill's antics were not confined to her show in Rio...
Meh. I respect her desire to be non-mainstream and do things on her own terms, but I really feel like we've lost exposure to a great artist in the process...