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‘I tried to bribe the pilot’

Lionel Richie.Getty/Jeremy Chan

  • Lionel Richie apologized on Monday for canceling his previous show an hour after it was due to start.

  • The singer said he was unable to make his show in New York City on Saturday due to “bad weather.”

  • “I tried to bribe the pilot,” Richie joked Monday.

Lionel Richie apologized to his fans on stage Monday after canceling his previous concert an hour after it was due to start.

Richie was scheduled to perform alongside Earth, Wind & Fire to a sold-out crowd at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

However, just over an hour after the show was due to start, he tweeted that he couldn’t fly in due to “severe weather conditions”.

“I am so disappointed,” he wrote on Saturday.

The “All Night Long” singer addressed the crowd at a rescheduled concert on Monday, joking: “I tried to bribe the pilot and the pilot said, ‘I want to see my wife tomorrow.'”

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“So tonight we’re going to make up for that,” he added. “I apologize a thousand times.”

Richie’s initial cancellation resulted in online backlash from fans who had already turned up for the event.

“Thank you so much for announcing this an hour after the show was supposed to start,” one fan tweeted.

Another wrote, “You’ve lost a fan. Personally, I think you’re full of it. How come an artist isn’t in the territory they contracted for on the show?”

An angry fan tweeted: “What actually happened? No one comes in late and blames the weather. The weather was OK. We are a group of 12 and so disappointed but not as disappointed as the tourists and fans who plan made around the gig and now miss it. What is the real, substantial and sincere reason?”

Richie, 74, is widely regarded as one of the greatest soul singers of all time.

He rose to fame as the lead singer of the Motown group Commodores, where he wrote and recorded the hit singles “Easy”, “Three Times a Lady”. and yet.”

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Since going solo in 1982, Richie has sold more than 100 albums worldwide and had five No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

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