Last night, Justin Bieber took the stage at the O2 Arena in London to begin a week long residence during his Believe Tour. The only problem? He started the show two hours later than scheduled causing parents and fans alike to wait unhappily on a school night.
Carly Rae Jepsen and Cody Simpson opened the show in London, with Jepsen leaving the stage at 8:50pm even though Bieber was scheduled to go on at 8:30pm. While the 20 minute delay didn’t seem to upset anyone at the point, it wasn’t until 10:20pm the “Boyfriend” singer finally made his way to the stage.
Nearly an hour before Bieber made his appearance, booing had started among the fans and parents, who were internally worried about their transportation home after the show. One parent told BBC Radio 5Live ”most of us have to get trains… it was just a shambles. I said we’ve really got to leave at 10.50pm to get the last train.” Since many concert goers relied on public transportation, that only made for a 30 minute concert appearance for a pricey concert ticket.
Another parent Andy Ward waited until 2:30am outside of the venue to pick up his daughter, whose pickup was originally scheduled for hours earlier. ”Needless to say I am sure that Justin Bieber is resting, sleeping and counting his millions with not even a care in the world for the inconvenience caused,” he told BBC News. “The tears of the girls who had to leave even before he came on due to having to get the last trains home; the additional expense of car parking, taxis and the knock-on effect today.”
Just hours later, Bieber took to his Twitter account to apologize for the time delay and explain what had happened.
last night i was scheduled after 3 opening acts to go on stage at 935 not 830 but because of some technical issues i got on at 10:10..so…—
Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) March 05, 2013
“Since I have been here it hasn’t been easy with the press at times but I have loved it. So let me say this. Last night I was scheduled after 3 opening acts to go on stage at 9:35 not 8:30 but because of some technical issues I got on at 10:10. So I was 40 minutes late to stage. There is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset. However it was a great show and I’m proud of that and tonight we will run on time and look forward to putting on an amazing show for everyone in attendance. My relationship with the media is not always easy but I’m trying. I’m all about the music and the performance and I respect my fans. I never have any intent to upset or let anyone down. And I’m not okay with things being exaggerated. Once again sorry for only upset. Now we have a show to do today and I’m gonna focus on the positive and put on a great show tonight here in London.”
Bieber has three more shows in London this week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
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