Vanilla Ice cancelled his Fourth of July celebrating concert at a venue in Austin, Texas, the passed weekend.
This didn’t seem wise, as Texas is currently in the midst of a COVID-19 spike. A record daily high of 8,076 cases was recently announced, an forecasts from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) predict nearly 2,000 new hospitalisations per day by mid-July.
Tickets for the gig at Emerald Point Bar & Grill being billed as an “Independence Day Throwback Party” cost were between $25 to $300.
The Texas Tribune reports that the capacity has been set at 450 people and as of Wednesday night 84 tickets had only been sold.
In a recent nostalgic Instagram post showing concert footage, the Texan rapper wrote: “I wanted to get back to this. The 90s were the best. We didn’t have coronavirus, or cell phones, or computers. … We danced, we invented house parties in the 90s. The last of the great decades #IMissThenineties”.
Last Friday, June 26, all bars in Texas were ordered to close by Governor Greg Abbott due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
Vanilla Ice is faced calls to cancel the event on social media. He addressed the criticism in the comments of another Instagram post today, writing: “I take everything serious with the coronavirus. But we should not live in a bubble. It’s was an outside venue with plenty of room. It would have been Fourth of July on the lake, with fireworks, Much better in the real world then cyber world.”