NYC's Central Park Homecoming Concert Cut Short Due to Inclement Weather

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Pitchfork 22 August, 2021 - 12:22pm 14 views

Is the NYC homecoming concert Cancelled?

Unlike the Grammy-winning recording artist's 1980 hit, “I Made It Through Rain,” the superstar-laden “Homecoming Concert” in New York City's Central Park was canceled because of dangerous weather as Hurricane Henri approached the Northeast on Saturday. Associated PressHenri cuts short Manilow set at NYC virus recovery concert

How many people are at the NYC homecoming concert?

The 60,000 fans on site (vaccinations were mandatory to attend the free show), as well as those watching CNN's live broadcast, were denied performances by some of the marquee names tapped for the event: Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, The Killers and Patti Smith among them. USA TODAY'We Love NYC' concert cut short by storm before Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon perform

What did Jennifer Hudson sing at We Love NYC?

Jennifer Hudson delivered a striking performance of the aria "Nessun Dorma" joined by the New York Philharmonic at "We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert." CNNMust-watch moments from 'We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert'

The concert was put on as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to celebrate the city’s comeback after months without live music amid the pandemic. Prior to last night’s storm, LL Cool J, the New York Philharmonic, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind and Fire, Carlos Santana, and others played to a massive crowd camped out on the Central Park lawn.

Lightning struck as Manilow performed “Can’t Smile Without You,” and an announcer quickly instructed audience members to “seek shelter for your safety,” as seen in the clip below. The moment was captured during CNN’s live broadcast of the event. Later in the evening, the Killers performed a brief acoustic set, including “Mr. Brightside,” from a backstage dressing room. CBS’ Gayle King filmed the performance on her phone. An estimated 60,000 concert goers evacuated Central Park that evening. Storm conditions, including heavy rain, continued into late last night.

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