Vanilla Ice has canceled his Fourth of July celebration concert amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The “Ice Ice Baby” singer was originally set to perform on Friday (July 3) at the Emerald Point Bar & Grill in Austin, Texas. The event was selling up to 2,500 tickets which is approximately half of the venue’s normal capacity. Fans on social media were especially critical of his decision to put on a show but were thrilled once it was canceled.
The rapper tweeted the [postponement] of the show on Thursday (July 2). “Due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers in Austin,” he tweeted. “We’re gonna move the concert to a better date. We were hoping for better Coronavirus numbers by July but Unfortunately, the numbers have increased quite a bit so for the safety and health of everyone we’re going to stay home.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, every purchase came with a warning. “Please note any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed while in attendance at the event,” it read.
The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, recently ordered that all bars will close because of the surge of new coronavirus cases in the county and state.
Texas has seen over 168,000 cases and over 2,481 people have died from it, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
What Vanilla Ice Had to Say About the Pandemic
The 52-year-old released a statement on Sunday (June 28) concerning the event and the coronavirus in general.
“I can’t wait to get back to this,” he wrote alongside a video of a previous concert of his. “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,” he continued.
“And Mortal Kombat is still better than fortnight [sic] but we got out of the house. We danced, we invented house parties in the 90s. The last of the great decades #IMissThenineties“
Additionally, the rapper released a second statement after his first post was heavily criticized.
“I take everything serious with the coronavirus,” he claimed. “But we can’t live in a bubble. We will 100% be practicing social distancing and everyone will have masks and be responsible.”
He promised that the show would have been “much better in the real world then cyber world.”