By Courtney E. Smith
A video has surfaced from Lauryn Hill’s concert at the House of Blues in Chicago on July 16 that shows the singer lecturing and eventually removing a fan from the show — after giving him a refund, of course.
The video does not capture what the fan said, so there is no context as to what comments Hill may be responding to from the man, but as she took the stage 50 minutes later than expected, he may have been responding to her tardiness.
While it may have caused some unrest, from the video it is clear that Hill did not feel the heckling suited the crime.
“Excuse me, excuse me, there’s a gentlemen over there who just did something I don’t like. Can you please escort him out and refund him his money?” Hill asked security from the stage.
“I don’t play that. I don’t need to win you over and you don’t need to win me over,” she continued. “…I do this because I love it, not because I owe you anything. You understand that? I do this because I love it. You can get on your blogs and you can tweet and say whatever you want to. I don’t give a rat’s a–.”
Undaunted fans can still catch Hill in concert this summer. The remainder of her U.S. tour dates are below.
7/24 – Floyd, VA @ FloydFest
7/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
7/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
7/31 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
8/02 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/09 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
8/10 – Oak Bluffs, MA @ RCN Martha’s Vineyard
8/15 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
8/31 – Santa Margarita, CA @ Pozo Saloon