Furious fans have blasted Madonna and demanded refunds after paying hundreds of dollars to see the singer, who took to the stage hours late for the third time in a week on Wednesday night.
The star didn’t take the stage at the Philips Arena in Atlanta until nearly 11pm, angering many fans who were forced to leave early.
It came after the 57-year-old fiercely deny she was drunk on stage after a late arrival in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday night and incensing fans, including Reba McEntire, by arriving more than two hours late in Nashville on Monday.
Late again: The singer didn’t take the stage at the Philips Arena in Atlanta until nearly 11pm on Wednesday night. Pictured, a fan tweeted a shot of the empty stage showing many had already left before the show started
Rip-off: Furious fans demanded refunds after paying hundreds of dollars to see the singer, but being forced to leave early as it was a weeknight
According to a concert review on ajc.com, the singer started her show in Atlanta at exactly 10.54pm.
According to a concert review, ‘in the hour prior, fans grumbled and groused, asking out loud, “Is she always this late?”‘
It was the latest stop on her Rebel Heart tour and the third time in a week that attendees have spent hours waiting for the singer to grace them with her presence.
But according to Melissa Ruggieri, the reviewer, it only took 30 seconds fore the ‘sold-out crowd’ to forgive the Material Girl after she began singing.
Ruggieri added that many were only only able to see part of the show, as they had to leave early to ensure they caught the last train of the night.
‘The grumbles turned to roars of approval,’ she said, ‘until about 12:45 a.m. when many fans had to flee to ensure a ride on the last MARTA train at 1.15am.’
Fans on Twitter were less forgiving, with some demanding refunds – and others claiming there were many empty seats in the arena when they singer eventually started performing.
Shortly before 11pm on Wednesday, Tyler King, of Decatur, Georgia, said: ‘Apparently, Madonna doesn’t give a s*** about her fans in Atlanta either. Still hasn’t taken the stage. #rude’
Consistent: The singer didn’t take the stage at the Philips Arena in Atlanta (pictured) until nearly 11pm on Wednesday, days after being two and a half hours late to her show in Nashville
Complaints: Angry fans on Twitter were less forgiving, with some demanding refunds after the late start
Meanwhile, Carl Wright was forced to leave the weeknight show early despite paying $170 for his ticket.
‘Not performing until almost 11pm? Poor form Madonna, poor form. #MadonnaAtlanta,’ he wrote.
Although he said Madonna was flawless when she did eventually start, he could only enjoy part of her set.
‘$170 to listen to a glorified DJ sample for an hour and then sit and wait for another hour and a half? What’s not to love?’ he added.
Beautu Aero added: ‘#Madonna #madonnaatlanta your fans are bored out of their minds! i see entire rows around me completly empty. who is planning your concerts?’
Finally: The singer graced her fans with her presence at 10.54pm in Atlanta (pictured) on Wednesday
Angry: Fans took to Twitter to blast Madonna for her habitual lateness after her show in Atlanta on Wednesday
Janice McDonald, from Atlanta, wrote this morning: ‘Slept on it. Still annoyed. @Madonna is consistently 2 hrs + late to concerts. #Disrespectful of fans. #Abusive #rude #Mytimeisvaluable too’
In a message directed at the singer, one person wrote: @Madonna loved your music over the years but it’s a shame when u think your better than paying fans by being late to your own concerts.’
Another Twitter user, called Dana, wrote she had gotten a refund as she had to work the following morning.
‘I read she has been habitually late so I got my tickets refunded. I’m not waiting that long even for Madonna. Rude,’ she wrote.
She added: ‘Some of us have to work this morn. If a ticket says 8 & u don’t go til 11, that’s rude.’
Empty stage: ‘We’re here!!! Where is she???’ Reba captioned this photo from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Monday as the crowd waited 2.5 hours for Madonna
Meanwhile, country star Reba McEntire was among the fans who were kept waiting for hours in Nashville on Monday, and the country star was not impressed, posting photos of the empty stage to Instagram.
‘At the Madonna concert. She’s not on yet…really?’ Reba captioned the first of three photos as she waited at Bridgestone Arena.
The image shows the darkened arena, with what appears to be the opening act under the spotlight.
And hour later, Reba shared a photo of the still-empty stage, which was draped with a large red Madonna backdrop.
A large crowd is seen milling around the runway, waiting for the 57-year-old pop legend to take the stage.
‘We’re here!! Where is she???’ wrote the 60-year-old Fancy singer.
Reba later posted the same photo again, captioning it: ‘She came on at 10.31.’
Harsh? The pop star is said to have uttered the swearword after a fan proposed marriage to her while she was on stage, saying: ‘I’m looking for a husband, not a c***. I already married a c***’ (pictured Guy and Rocco)
Posting a picture of her face on Instagram, Madonna hinted at her heartache, writing: ‘Now more than ever………… evenheartsmadeoutofsteelcanbreak. #rebelheart @mdnaisindestrctable’
It was also reported that the singer allegedly called her ex-husband Guy Ritchie the C-word while onstage in Nashville, Tennessee amid an ongoing custody battle for fifteen-year-old son Rocco.
The 57-year-old pop star is said to have uttered the swearword after a fan proposed marriage to her while she was on stage.
She reportedly said: ‘I’m looking for a husband, not a c***. I already married a c***.’
While she could have been referring to her first husband, Sean Penn, it’s considered unlikely given her ongoing battle with Guy.
She hinted at her heartache on Instagram, posting a picture of her face, captioned: ‘Now more than ever………… evenheartsmadeoutofsteelcanbreak. #rebelheart @mdnaisindestrctable.’
She also shared another picture of herself, writing: ‘I have a tale to tell…………..sometimes it gets so hard to hide it well #tearsofaclown.’
A spokesperson for Madonna declined to comment to Daily Mail Online.
Waiting: Reba McEntire posted this photo as she waited for Madonna’s Nashville show to begin. ‘She’s not on yet…really?’ wrote the country star
Sad: She also shared another picture of herself, writing: ‘I have a tale to tell…………..sometimes it gets so hard to hide it well #tearsofaclown’
Rocco has been staying with his 47-year-old film director dad in London, with his parents set to go to court to reach an agreement over his living arrangements, according to reports.
The battle began in December when the teenager refused to return to New York despite a Manhattan judge’s court order.
Madonna appeared in court in New York on December 23 after Rocco refused to come home for the holidays, and the judge ordered him to return to his mother so she and Guy could work out custody.
However, Rocco has so far refused to return to the US.
Madonna shared a thinly-veiled message about the drama on social media.
‘It’s possible to be an entertainer and a good mother!!! Too bad we don’t live in a society where many encourage strong independent single working moms!
‘The next great Frontier! #revolutionoflove continues #rebelheart4ever,’ she wrote.
Dispute: The singer posted this photo of herself on stage in Nashville, calling it ‘The Royal March’, she failed to acknowledge the delay which angered her fans
On top of this, the singer was forced to deny she was drunk during her show in Kentucky – and seemed to pour fuel on the fire when she posted a photo of herself laying on the Louisville stage, joking: ‘Working on my stand up laying down.’
‘Madonna was very drunk,’ a fan told TMZ, which reports another fan said she was ‘a lil drunk but funny.’
However, she later fiercely denied that she had been drinking in a lengthy Instagram post.
The Queen of Pop blasted critics as ‘sexist’ for the rumors, and insisted she never drinks before a performance.
‘For those people who like to believe all they read i never drink and perform!!!’ she wrote.
‘My show is 2 hours and 15 minutes of non stop singing and dancing.
‘In Louisville I made a joke about doing a stand comedy act dressed as a clown and being able to drink alcohol.’
Big crowd in Nashville: The pop star shared this photo of her concert on Monday as she thanked the crowd, although she didn’t mention her late arrival time. ‘Nashville was lit! Thank you,’ she wrote
‘Sexist’: Madonna took to Instagram to fiercely deny claims she was drunk during her Kentucky show
She added: ‘Its so very interesting how society continues to not only treat me in a totally sexist way (if i a were a man no one would have said a thing) and also continue to take everything i say literally!
‘That’s what happens when people don’t read books and get all information from TMZ.’
The singer made no mention of the Nashville delay as she shared two photos to Instagram.
‘Nashville was lit! Thank you,’ she captioned a photo of herself on the big screen, hovering over the audience and runway.
She added an image of herself wearing a long pink cape with an ‘M’ design during the concert, writing:’The Royal March in Nashville.’