Video: Lauryn Hill Performs Intimate Gig to Kick Off Tour

Prince, Janelle Monae in audience for her 14-song set

December 29, 2010 4:45 PM ET

Lauryn Hill — officially billed as Ms. Lauryn Hill — performed a sold-out concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night. Hill, who is somewhat notorious for showing up late to her own shows, did not go until after midnight, well after the 8 p.m. door time at the venue.

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Needless to say, Hill’s tardiness upset many fans in attendance, all of whom made it out to the show despite harsh weather and patchy public transportation options following a severe blizzard in the New York area. But going on footage from the gig making the rounds today, the fans who waited it out — including Prince and Janelle Monae, both in town for a concert at Madison Square Garden tonight — were in for a treat.

Hill performed a 14-song set that included new arrangements for hits from her debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and her days with the Fugees, as well as an obscure Bob Marley cover at the top of the set.

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One inspired performance, captured in the clip above, shows Hill and her band segueing a gorgeous rendition of the Flamingos classic “I Only Have Eyes For You” into the Fugees’  “Zealots,” which was built from a sample of the original Flamingos recording.

This show was the first of a tour of intimate venues mainly in the Northeast, but it was originally meant to be the second. A performance at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan was scheduled for Monday night, but had to be rescheduled due to the blizzard.

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