AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vanilla Ice cooled off plans for a live performance in Texas after taking appreciable warmth for an occasion that sought to assemble a whole bunch of followers in one of many nation’s coronavirus scorching spots.
The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Child” had been scheduled to play a lakeside present simply exterior Austin on Friday, however on Thursday he introduced it was being postponed.
“Because of the improve in COVID-19 numbers in Austin we’re gonna transfer the live performance to a greater date,” Vanilla Ice tweeted. “We have been hoping for higher Coronavirus numbers by July however Sadly the numbers have elevated fairly a bit so for the protection and well being of everybody we’re going to remain house.”
Barrett Brannam, who owns the venue the place Vanilla Ice had been scheduled to play, stated the performer — actual title Robert Van Winkle — had expressed concern in regards to the well being of his followers and himself. Brannam stated Saturday’s deliberate look by 1990s R&B group Coloration Me Badd additionally was postponed. He stated each Vanilla Ice and Coloration Me Badd would carry out at a later date, however he did not know when.
“Laborious to say. May very well be later this summer season or not till subsequent summer season. We do not understand how lengthy this virus can be round,” he stated.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott final week shut down bars and golf equipment in an effort to halt what he known as a “large unfold” of the coronavirus. However the Emerald Level Bar & Grill remains to be open and internet hosting dwell music as a result of it’s a restaurant and performances can happen exterior.
The Vanilla Ice present drew widespread consideration — and criticism — when the rapper posted about it on social media Wednesday. Solely 84 tickets had been bought earlier than the web ticket dealer suspended gross sales, Brannam stated.
“I take the coronavirus critical. However we are able to’t dwell in a bubble,” the rapper tweeted earlier than canceling Thursday. “I feel at this level all of us perceive the severity of it. (P)ractice social distancing and put on a masks. That is an out of doors venue, Fourth of July on the lake with fireworks. Loads of room for distancing.”
The rapper’s administration firm did not instantly reply to messages in search of remark.
Brannam stated he hadn’t come beneath any strain to cancel the present from state or native governments however he has been swamped with calls of complaints.
Vanilla Ice performed the identical venue final yr in entrance of 1,800 folks and is booked for the vacation weekend for the following two years, Brannam stated. Friday’s live performance was booked in 2019, he stated.
“I didn’t learn about COVID once I booked this present. No person did,” Brannam stated.
Brannam stated the rapper had dedicated to asking followers to put on masks and observe correct social distancing pointers. The venue was going to be checking patrons’ temperatures on the entrance and giving a masks to anybody who wanted one, he stated.
The restaurant has been internet hosting dwell music performances because it reopened in Might. Brannam stated nobody complained till it was a Vanilla Ice live performance.
Brannam stated he postponed upcoming live shows by Coolio and Tone Loc subsequent weekend as a result of he wouldn’t lose cash.
“Vanilla Ice, he’s poised for folks to poke enjoyable at. No person was saying something till he made his publish. That’s when every thing went loopy,” Brannam stated. “I’m probably the most hated particular person on the planet proper now over a Vanilla Ice present.”
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