Fireworkz saidI've never been to a concert that started on time.
I thought it was an industry norm to start late.
Lauryn Hill was almost 2 hours late. That was the last time I went to see her.
The only shows I've ever had start late were Madonna, and drag shows. A late start is kinda the tradition with drag queens, too, which I likewise hate. And then most of them run over, too.
I saw Liza twice, and she started on the button. Even the Grand Diva Cher was right on time. And as for Bette Midler, well, I think they probably have to keep her confined in a box backstage until her first cue, or she'd race out on stage early.
But then what can you say about a woman whose early career included performing to gay men wearing only white towels, at the old Continental Baths in New York City, with the unknown Barry Manilow as her pianist/arranger? Is it any surprise she'd still have great audience rapport? And nowadays you can wear more than a towel at her concerts.
But I'm sure it's a mixed bag, and maybe some of the younger generation of performers and divas act more like Madonna. I mostly don't like their music anyway, although I'm starting to warm up to Lady Gaga, and would attend her concert to see & hear for myself.