“I tried to bribe the pilot”

Lionel Richie apologized in front of a flood of concert-goers for having to cancel his sold-out performance in New York City an hour into Saturday’s performance.

The “All Night Long” hitmaker, 74, beamed on Monday when he finally braved the weather and made it to Madison Square Garden as part of his tour with Earth, Wind, and Fire.

During the postponed show at Madison Square Garden, Richie apologized “a thousand times” to fans for having to unplug Saturday’s performance.

Footage shows Lionel Richie apologizing to fans and explaining why he had to cancel his first show at Madison Square Garden.
In the footage, Lionel Richie can be seen apologizing to fans when the singer said he tried to bribe the pilot to come to Saturday’s performance.

“I had two nos at once,” Richie said Footage captured by fans. “And when these two decided it’s a no — if God says no and if the pilot says no, the answer is … I tried to bribe the pilot.”

The Grammy winner said poor weather conditions caused the delay in getting to the Big Apple.

“And the pilot said, ‘I want to see my wife tomorrow.’ We’ll do that again tonight. I apologize a thousand times for that.”

Lionel Ritchie canceled his show at MSG because he allegedly had bad weather and couldn't land in New York.
Lionel Ritchie canceled his show at MSG because he allegedly had bad weather and couldn’t land in New York.
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An hour after the concert was scheduled to begin, the “Hello” singer told fans Saturday that despite his best efforts to fly to the New York area, he would not be performing at the historic venue.

“Due to the severe weather and not being able to land in New York and surrounding areas, I’m unable to come to the show tonight,” Richie posted in a statement on X – officially known as Twitter.

“I’m so depressed. We are moving the show to Monday 14th August. I can’t wait to perform for you all. Tickets for tonight’s show are also valid for Monday’s show.”

“We bought our parents good seats for their 50th wedding anniversary for a lot of money. They are 75 and were really looking forward to tonight’s show. Thanks for ruining the gift we got for her,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Earth, Wind and Fire” had to adjust its schedule to accommodate Richie’s travel issues.

The group was due to perform in Bridgeport on Monday night but have since moved the show to Wednesday to play the make-up gig.

Concert goers who attended Lionel Ritchie are seen exiting the arena at Madison Square Garden.
Concert-goers who saw Lionel Ritchie are seen leaving the arena at Madison Square Garden on Saturday after learning he would not be appearing.
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Despite the disappointment, his daughter Sofia is still beaming with pride in Richie.

The 24-year-old model gushed about her “role model” father in an interview with city ​​CountryHe said he handles fame with “such grace.”

“He hugs everyone who comes up to him. He’s grateful, he’s grateful,” she told the outlet.

“He taught me never to have that ‘Oh god, not today’ attitude. He’s a very special megastar and I’ve watched him my whole life. I’ve never seen him say “no” to a picture. I’ve never seen him be rude to anyone approaching him on the street.”

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing carolinebleakley@ustimetoday.com.

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