Vanilla Ice to Play Fourth of July Concert in Texas Despite COVID

Lawrence Kim
July 3, 2020

"Basically, I'm not going", said Vanilla Ice, sporting a Buffalo Bills snapback with palm trees behind him. The 90s were the best. And Mortal Kombat is still better than fortnight but we got out of the house, We danced, we invented house parties in the 90s.

"I can't wait to get back to this", Vanilla Ice posted on Instagram in reference to his widely-attended concerts in the 1990s.

But none of that seems to be stopping Vanilla Ice (real name Rob Van Winkle) from hyping up a return to live music on social media.

Would you risk your life to see Vanilla Ice perform a concert in the year 2020?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars in the state closed for a second time last Friday as the state tries to curb a resurgence in the virus following a fast reopening last month.

In his cancellation video, Ice concluded, "Basically, just wanna stay safe", and promised a brighter tomorrow.

His show, entitled the Independence Day Throwback Beach Party, grew widespread criticism when it was announced Wednesday.

"Consider the health of your fans...just read in the news you plan to hold concert despite this pandemic", said another.

The Emerald Point Bar & Grill made local headlines in May when a local cover band called LC Rock played a show and posted a photo of the crowd, none of whom were wearing masks, though Norcia said the photo didn't represent "the actual distancing" and claimed the restaurant, 'passed consistent checks from the Fire Marshall'.

In the video, however, the Dallas-born performer said that the show had been booked well in advance and that he'd been hoping the numbers would be better by now. "Get ready to go back to The 90s, the greatest decade ever". We get it, people miss the '90s - but throw on your favorite pair of old overalls, graphic tee, and a good Spotify playlist from the comfort of your own home if you're itching for a piece of the past.

The concert has a capacity of 2,500 people, which will fill about half of the venue's capacity, with $550 VIP seating tickets already sold out. On June 1 the state reported 1,100 new cases while yesterday more than 8,100 were added to their tally, making Texas one of the current hotspots for the virus in America.

The "Ice Ice Baby" rapper has also encouraged fans to attend the show while reminiscing about performing pre-coronavirus in an IG post.

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