Justin Bieber angers fans over concert lateness; Bieber says he's 'sorry for anyone upset'
By Andrea Reiher
Justin Bieber, who recently celebrated his 19th birthday in London, is still in the U.K. for the European leg of his "Believe" tour. And fans couldn't believe it Monday night (March 4) when the Biebs was reportedly two hours late going on stage.
According to the AP, the concert at London's O2 Arena was supposed to start at 8:30 p.m., but did not appear on stage until almost 10:30, which reportedly breaks the venue's noise curfew and also caused problems for fans who needed to use public transportation to get home.
Concertgoer Wayne Parsonage tells the Telegraph that his daughter only got to see 25 minutes of the performance because they had to leave the venue before 11 p.m. to catch their train. He adds that he thought Bieber would make an official apology, but none came.
Louise Cooper, who took her 9-year-old daughter to the show as a present, tells the AP, "There were teenage girls crying outside. The ladies sitting with us had to leave after 20 minutes and they had spent [roughly $106] each on a ticket, which is really bad.
And Tracy Wilson, who was at the show with her teenage daughter, says the lack of explanation is "disgusting."
Bieber has taken to Twitter to explain himself, writing, "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... i was 40 min late to stage."
"There is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset. However it was great show and Im proud of that. and tonight we will run on time and look forward to putting on an amazing show for everyone in attendance. i never have any intent to upset or let anyone down. and Im not okay with things being exaggerated. once again sorry for anyone upset ... we have also made adjustments to the set times to have me go on earlier for the coming shows. see u there."