Ms. Lauryn Hill reunited with Pras and Wyclef Jean to bring the Fugees to the big stage at Chicago’s United Center.
This tour was initially scheduled for 2021 to mark the 25th anniversary of The Score. The dates were postponed and eventually canceled, with Covid-19 being cited as the cause. It was looking like the reunion might never happen, but alas the dates were rescheduled. It has nicely coincided with the 25th anniversary of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Earlier in the week, Ms. Lauryn Hill was ordered by doctors to “rest my voice to prevent any more serious strain or damage to my vocal cords,” resulting in the Philly show being postponed. Chicago fans must have been nervous, but luck was on their side as the show went ahead as planned, albeit just a tad later than it was slated for. If you follow Lauryn Hill, you’ll be aware she’s not known for her punctuality when it comes to taking to the stage. The Chicago crowd seemed to have preempted this as the parking lots were remarkably empty an hour after the doors opened. But by 9.30 PM, when Hill took to the stage, the United Center was packed with fans eager to catch the reunion show.
The evening was split into two sections. The first saw Lauryn take to the stage to celebrate the anniversary of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by performing the majority of the songs from it, although in a different order. Hill was clearly still having some vocal issues throughout the evening but still managed to entertain the crowd. Croaky voice aside, she knows how to put on a performance.The second section of the evening saw Ms. Hill joined by Wyclef Jean and Pras, the Fugees reunion was here at last! The moment all three were on the stage together, a roar went up from the audience. As they performed “How Many Mics,” “The Score,” “Killing Me Softly,” and “Ready Or Not,” the audience could be heard singing along, reveling in the fact they were amongst the lucky few getting to enjoy this occasion.
It’s not every day you get to attend a show like this. Pras’ legal issues and Hill’s vocal problems were a distant memory as they got to enjoy and celebrate the anniversaries of these classic hits which have clearly stood the test of time. The late start and late finish to the show did not put a dampener on the evening at all for those who were lucky enough to snag one of these hot tickets. This was a night to remember that will stick with fans for a long time to come.MS. LAURYN HILL
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