CL Reader Stl Opinion caught Lauryn Hill at her St. Louis concert on Sunday (January 16) and hit us up wanting to comment on her performance. Check out the commentary and video of Ms. Hill performing “Lost Ones” below.
I’m a loyal reader and commenter (Stl Opinion), and I went to the Lauryn Hill concert Sunday, January 17th in St. Louis! I would like to clear up some misconceptions with this whole thing about her and her concerts. We were told weeks before the concert that the doors wouldn’t open until 9 instead of 7. Everyone knew that, and at the venue concerts start 2 hours after the doors open. But people showed up regardless and ironically before the doors opened (go figure). So the line was long and people were complaining saying, “I’m not about to wait until no 11 to see her”, “I want a refund”, (which they were VERY willingly giving out before the doors opened at 9) etc. Kinda makes you wonder WHY buy a $60 ticket if you really didn’t want to go in the end and wait knowing the demand for her. All people had to do was research and see that Lauryn been late for all her dates so I don’t know what new they thought was going to happen.
The doors opened at 9 and around 9:30 a DJ came out and rocked the building; it was like a club in there with late 80s-90s music! Around 10:30-10:45 he was done, and her performance DJ came out. After a while people started to get annoyed and boo’ed a little and chanted her name. Her background singers and band came out at around 11:30. Lauryn came on and put on one of the BEST concerts I’ve been to in a while and had wonderful advice about not compromising! Her voice is more raspy now, but I knew that before the concert looking at the Rock the Bells YouTube videos and concerts that came before the St. Louis stop. She clearly explained before she started to sing that she was revamping the songs but after 5-10 secs she got into it and you understood! So people saying she was 4 hours late and stuff are completely FALSE! She was 45 mins late at the most (not saying that’s fine or anything but people are being overly dramatic), but she wasn’t done with her performance until 1:35! To me, it was worth the wait and they had no problem giving out refunds!