Grammy-winning artist Lauryn Hill has abruptly removed opening acts Nas and Santigold from her tour celebrating the 20th anniversary ofThe Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, her debut solo album that is also her biggest hit. Nas and Santigold were scheduled to perform at the tour's Sept. 12 concert at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, but were noticeably absent without explanation.
Then, on Sept. 13, Santigold tweeted: "I’m sorry you paid to see us and we’re not there. That really bums me out. I’m also bummed that @MsLaurynHill and crew didn’t tell ppl why we’re not there. She took us off the bill." Santigold then tweeted on Sept. 14: "I will no longer be performing on The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill Tour at the following dates due to the tour organizers' decision to reduce the support. So sorry to disappoint my fans." She then listed the dates that she would not be on the tour: Sept. 14 in Burnaby, British Columbia (near Vancouver), Sept. 15 in Seattle, Sept. 22 in Phoenix and Sept. 26 in Denver.
When a fan on Twitter asked Santigold if she was ill, Santigold tweeted this reply on Sept. 13 : "Nope not sick. So sorry I wasn’t able to perform for you all. Note I saw from @MsLaurynHill Mgmt team read... “Due to production issues, The Miseducation 20th Anniversary Tour is unable to accommodate Santigold’s performance this evening." Santigold had already performed on the tour on July 18 in Toronto and July 20 in Detroit.
Nas had been announced as one of the opening acts for the tour's Sept. 7 concert in Las Vegas, but he ended up not doing the show. He was then scheduled to do the tour's shows on Sept. 24 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Oct. 3 in New Orleans, but his appearances at those shows have been canceled and removed from his official website. Nas will also not be performing at the Oct. 5 date in St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. However, the other opening acts at those shows are still scheduled to perform: Talib Kweli and Tierra Whack on Sept. 24, and Shabazz Palaces and Patoranking on Oct. 3 and Oct. 5.
Nas has not yet commented on being dropped from the tour, but before the announcement was made, he tweeted on Sept. 12: "See you in February New Zealand for the The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary World Tour." Hill has a show, with Nas listed as an opening act, scheduled for Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on Feb. 16, 2019. At this point, it appears that Nas has been dropped from the tour's North American shows, but not this New Zealand show.
Hill's "Miseducation" 20th-anniversary tour has been plagued with cancellations (including the July 5 opening date and its Aug. 16 rescheduled date in Virginia Beach), postponements and Hill's notorious pattern of tardiness. The tour's promoter issued this statement: "Due to unforeseen production issues, a select number of dates on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour have been postponed or canceled. For postponed shows, tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date."
Other opening acts on the tour include Dave Chappelle, M.I.A., A$AP Rocky, Big Boi, SZA, De La Soul, Dave East, Jo Mersa Marley, Bambaata Marley, Protoje, Kelela, Victory, Raury, Iman Omari and Busta Rhymes.
People who were hoping to see Santigold and Nas on the tour should not expect to get a refund for the shows where they were dropped from the tour. In situations where the opening acts are changed or are no longer part of the show, ticketholders cannot get a refund from the place of purchase, as long as the headlining act does the show.
However, the tour's shows outside North America have not experienced any changes so far. The tour heads to Europe, beginning Nov. 23 in Glasgow, Scotland, before wrapping up on Dec. 10 in Stockholm. The tour then travels to Australia and New Zealand for concerts in February 2019.