Hurricane “Henri”: New York concert canceled due to storm
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The mega concert in Central Park should mark the end of the Corona dry spell. But hurricane “Henri” spoiled the long-awaited.
New York. Barry Manilow, the doyen of the emotionally shallow, was in the middle of his hit “I Can’t Smile Without You” as New York’s mayor backstage at the Central Park the laughter passed.
After the first flashes of lightning, the meteorologists took a closer look at the spectacle in the sky over the “Big Apple” on Saturday afternoon, which was becoming more and more dramatic by the minute Bill de Blasio urged to immediately end the first big open-air rock and pop concert after 17 months of the Corona crisis. A crisis that has so far resulted in 2.2 million people infected and almost 54,000 dead in the east coast metropolis. Also read: Hurricanes: That’s what the different categories mean
The Democrat, who had said hours before that one does not count on unsightly harbingers of Sunday afternoon Long Island expected Hurricane “Henri”. When the new data arrived, he immediately did his duty and called on the crowds, who had been happy until then, to hurry back and seek shelter. The three brightly lit letters NYC for New York City on the stage were turned off.
In a few minutes taught itself at onset thunderstorm and heavy rain the “big meadow”, which has been populated with around 50,000 partygoers since the afternoon, where New York officially wanted to celebrate its “reawakening” with a musical line-up of the century at the end of a long dry spell of Corona. Also interesting: Ostfriesland: Heavy storm causes major damage
Unlike 1983 with Diana Ross, where viewers (800,000) and diva personally most violent continuous rain defied, the organizers did not want to take any additional risks.
To face rising Corona infection numbers in New York (200 daily in June, now almost 2000) to escape programmed criticism, every spectator who was in possession of one of the admission tickets, 80 percent of which were free of charge on the Internet, had to show a vaccination pass at the security checkpoints. Unvaccinated mask wearers or test negatives were coldly rejected.
Some who were still queuing three hours after the start of the concert took advantage of the city administration’s offer and boarded the buses accommodated at the access roads to Central Park, parts of which were covered in dense marijuana swaths vaccination stations.
In the meantime, those who had made their way to the green lungs of the big city early on this muggy, cloudy day with cushions, blankets and provisions could consider themselves lucky.
At the start, New York’s house band broke the ice. The local ones Philharmoniker offered dearest home songs like Bernstein’s “Candide” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”. Plus Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” and Sinatra’s “New York, New York”. Carlos Santana (“Maria, Maria”, “Smooth” etc.), Journey (“Don’t Stop Believing) and Earth, Wind and Fire (“September”), when the weather was still fine, later brought catchy popular songs worldwide music for the performance. Before rappers like LL Cool J and Run DMC chanted their two cents about the state of affairs.
After Canceled concert the global broadcaster CNN delivered a rarely good “bridging music”. Host Anderson Cooper conducted hilarious interviews with Santana and even got Barry Manilow to perform an a cappella version of “I made it through the rain” over the phone. However, Cooper smothered speculation that the concert series designed by cult impresario Clive Davis (89) might continue if the torrential rain allowed it. He didn’t allow it. On the contrary. By midnight, parts of NY were under water.
Unfortunately for tens of thousands, the weather-related cut meant that mega stars who rarely appeared together were no longer able to get a chance: Bruce Springsteen, Patty Smith und Elvis Costello belong to. The 43-year-old architect Jack Brewster from Baltimore told this editorial office that what matters most is that Paul Simon the performance was denied. In 1981 and 1991, the brilliant songwriter gave concerts in Central Park that were acclaimed the world over. After 40 years, he was unable to deliver his third open-air performance.