Lauryn Hill is a notoriously erratic live performer, often showing up late to gigs, but usually putting on an excellent show once she gets there. If she gets there.
So it's disappointing, but not entirely shocking, that her show this Sunday in St. Petersburg has been canceled.
Live Nation announced Tuesday night that it would be unable to bring Hill's tour to Al Lang Stadium "due to unforeseen production issues." The show, which would have been a full-album 20th anniversary performance of Hill's 1998 masterpiece The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, will not be rescheduled (at least not yet), and tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
Also canceled was an Aug. 2 show in Jacksonville. A July 31 show in Miami was not canceled but rather postponed to Oct. 15. Tickets purchased will be honored on the new date.
Doubling the pain here was the fact that Outkast rapper Big Boi was all set to join Hill in St. Pete. At least he's still coming back in November to perform with Christina Aguilera at the Mahaffey Theater.
— Jay Cridlin