The big I Love NY concert cut short by a pre-hurricane storm

Maybe Mother Nature was trying to tell the 60,000 people gathered in Central Park something, They were making a statement that New York was back after COVID. However

“Uh, humans? Don’t you think you’re being a little premature? I mean, there’s this delta variant thing that’s a real issue. Is it really wise to jam this many people together right now? Okay, if you won’t cancel, I’ll move you out myself.”

A storm ahead of Hurricane Henri moved in about halfway through Saturday’s proceedings, resulting in the big being called off. The decision was made during Barry Manilow’s set just as he was about to launch into “I Made It Through the Rain” around 7:30 p.m. The PA was cut and everyone was told to go home.

No Springsteen, no Paul Simon, no Killers.

And then came the rain. Lots of it. Between 10 and 11 p.m. alone, the park got almost two inches of rain. However, there was about three hours’ worth of performances before things got wet. Here are some highlights.

Journey performing “Don’t Stop Believin'”

The Killers also performed backstage.

(Thanks to Sean for some of the links.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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