The venue was billed as a vaccinated party in the USA celebrating the defeat of COVID.. Planned in advance, the timing seemed to be curious now that astronomical case counts are being realized again.
Also with Delta rampant, some questioned if it should even happy to begin with.
Planners fought through the controversy, but had another issue: Hurricane Henri..
Barry Manilow began performing “Can’t Smile Without You,” as part of a medley of his hits when the announcement interrupted his performance, ordering concertgoers to immediately leave the park and seek shelter. The singer continued on, not realizing at first what was happening.
Organizers repeated over a public address for concertgoers to “calmly move to the nearest exits and proceed to areas outside of the park.”
CNN was among those who heavily hyped this event.
The event, which was aired exclusively on CNN, was produced by music executive Clive Davis in coordination with the city of New York and Live Nation. The coverage began with a preshow hosted by Anderson Cooper at 4 p.m. ET, with the concert kicking off at 5 p.m.
And the show came to a screeching halt due to a hurricane..
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