LONDON (Reuters) – Lauryn Hill’s five shows in Britain this month were billed as a rare treat for fans of the elusive singer-songwriter, coming less than a year after she was released from US federal prison where she served three months for tax evasion.
But a late start, angry tweets and poor reviews marred her first sell-out gig at the Brixton Academy in London.
The 39-year-old singer, famous for her 1998 album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”, arrived onstage with a five-piece band and three backing singers at 9.58pm on Saturday night.
The show, with tickets selling for £55 (US$90), had been advertised to start at 9pm, with doors opening at 7pm.
Management of the 4,900-seater venue took to Twitter a few minutes before her arrival to apologise to disgruntled fans, some of whom had started booing before her arrival.
When she arrived, Hill spent 80 minutes performing a combination of reworked hits from her debut album, the only solo studio album she has made, and delving into pop and rock territory. Songs from “The Score”, another award-winning album Hill recorded as part of the Fugees in 1996, were left largely untouched, along with a number of tracks from her 2002 “MTV Un-plugged 2.0” album.