Vanilla Ice: ‘I Take Everything Serious with the Coronavirus,’ Promises Social Distancing, Masks at 7/3 Gig in Texas (UPDATE: Show Cancelled)

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UPDATE 7/2: Vanilla Ice has cancelled his scheduled performance on Friday, announcing the news to his fans in a message on Instsagram:


Original post:

This Friday night, July 3, Vanilla Ice is scheduled to perform an outdoor concert at Emerald Point Bar & Grill in Austin, Tx., despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations across the state. Many major cities have also cancelled planned fireworks displays for the 4th of July in an effort to keep people from gathering en masse.

Needless to say, this Vanilla Ice concert event has sparked significant reaction on the internet, given the circumstances of the pandemic. Last weekend, country singers Chase Rise and Chris Janson came under heavy criticism for staging “regular” outdoor concerts during the pandemic, and the feedback to this planned Vanilla Ice show is receiving is similar in tone.

The rapper, known for 1989’s “Ice Ice Baby” (and not much else, musically) has maintained on social media that this show will be as safe as possible. As the headlines swirled, he posted this to his Instagram page:

Vanilla Ice (real name: Rob Van Winkle) added to that with another post:

This was also shared on his Instagram page:

Earlier in the week, Vanilla Ice shared another Instagram post expressing his excitement about the upcoming gig and how “we didn’t have coronavirus” in the 1990s:

I can’t wait to get back to this. The 90s were the best. We didn’t have coronavirus, or cell phones, or computers.
we had 5.0‘s, blockbuster, Beavis and Butthead, Wayne’s world, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan.
And Mortal Kombat is still better than fortnight but we got out of the house, We danced, we invented house parties in the 90s. The last of the great decades #IMissThenineties

(Note: We wonder if he’s excited about the Beavis and Butt-Head revival news).

The Austin Chronicle detailed how Friday’s concert is even taking place after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott passed an executive order closing all bars in the state due to the COVID-19 surge:

The massive, multi-level marina structure on Lake Travis is categorized as a restaurant because at least 51% of its sales are food and, while Abbott’s order shut down bars, it only reduced restaurant capacity to 50%. A couple other local venues, Stubb’s and the Far Out Lounge, also remain open because of their restaurant designation. According to an interview with Emerald Point general manager Matt Norcia in May, the business maintains a load card for 4,000 people but can scale up to 5,000 when they open the beach area.

It will definitely be interesting to see what happens at this show and in the aftermath.


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