Update: The Vanilla Ice Concert in Austin, Texas on 7/3 is Cancelled, ‘I Didn’t Know the Numbers Were So Crazy!’

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Vanilla Ice was set to play a concert on Friday, July 3 in Austin, Texas, despite skyrocketing coronavirus cases across the state and intense scrutiny from all corners, but the show has now been cancelled.

Despite the rapper (Rob Van Winkle) gearing up to play the gig as late as Thursday morning, the show will not go on as planned,

“I listen to my fans, I hear all you people out there, I didn’t know the numbers were so crazy,” Vanilla Ice told fans in a video update posted to Instagram.

“Hopefully, by New Year’s, this corona crap will have a cure,” he says at the end of the video message.


The proposed concert, which Vanilla Ice said had been in the works for a while, 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.

Prior to the show being cancelled, 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.


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