Lauryn Hill Says Hurricane Michael Caused Her to Miss Nashville Show: 'I Understand Your Frustration'
Lauryn Hill's fans were queued up outside the Municipal Center in Nashville on Thursday night (Oct. 11) for the latest date on her Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary World Tour show. The gig was slated to start at 6:30 p.m., but two hours later, Hill tweeted that unfortunately, she would not be able to perform because her band's flights had been grounded due to Hurricane Michael.
In a pair of lengthy tweets Hill explained, "Nashville, I am very sorry about the circumstances surrounding tonight's scheduled performance. Flights for our entire band and most of our crew were grounded due to Hurricane Michael. Flights keep getting delayed, our band now doesn't arrive until after midnight. We tried to find local musicians that could fill in, but there wasn't enough time to get it all together."
Hill wrote that she'd tried all day to make it work with some locals, promising to reschedule the date and do something "special for the community who came out tonight to support."
In a follow-up tweet, Hill thanked those who supported her, and responded to those angry about the missed show. "I can't control the weather or airline policies," she wrote. "I didn't make the hurricane or flight cancellations up, you can check for yourself. I actually tried to wing it with musicians and sound crew who aren't familiar with my arrangements. Had that show not been good you would have still been upset."
Ticking off the "countless" performances she's given while "sick, when pregnant, with bad weather and delays," Hill apologized and said she simply couldn't get it together with the ad-hoc band, adding that the fire marshal would not allow them any more time. "If I don't get a pass for a hurricane, then you weren't rocking with me anyway," she said.
The next stop on the tour is Saturday (Oct. 13) in Atlanta, Ga.
Back in late July Hill canceled a series of dates on the tour following complaints about sound quality and lateness for a Toronto show. At the time, the Nashville date was rescheduled to Oct. 11. Hill dropped openers Nas and Santigold from the tour in late September.