Vanilla Ice putting on a big concert in Austin this weekend as city mulls new COVID-19 shutdown
TO UPDATE: Ice took his own advice, stopped, worked together, and listened … and canceled the show.
Texas saw an increase of 8,029 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a second straight record in a single day. Austin’s Mayor Steve Adler has closed the city’s bars again and is currently considering closing the city again. Which is a perfect time for vanilla icecream to announce he’s having a party in Austin this Friday (7/3) called the Independence Day Throwback Beach Party.
“I can’t wait to come back to it,” wrote Ice on Instagram, sharing footage of a packed show from days gone by. “The 90s were the best. We had neither coronavirus nor cell phones or computers.” (He’s right about two of those things the ’90s didn’t have.) “We had 5.0, Blockbusters, Beavis and Butthead, Wayne’s World, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. And Mortal Kombat is still better than a fortnight, but we did Out of the house, we danced, we invented house parties in the 90s. The last of the great decades #IMissThenineties. “
How does that happen when bars and clubs are closed? The concert will take place at the Emerald Bar & Grill, which is technically classified as a restaurant as at least 51% of sales are made in groceries and restaurants in Austin are currently allowed to stay 50% open. Like many places in Austin, it has a huge outdoor stage area that typically seats around 5000 people.
Despite a lot of backlash on social media, Ice is sticking to his guns. “I take everything seriously with the corona virus. But we cannot live in a bubble,” he wrote on Instagram this morning. “We’re going to practice 100% social distancing and everyone will have masks and be in charge. It’s an outdoor venue with lots of space. It’s the fourth of July on the lake, with fireworks, much better in the real world than the cyber world.” . “
If Austin actually shuts down again, Ice may find some solace in the knowledge that the 2020s will have Beavis and Butt-Head as well.
Related: Several country singers have received criticism after performing in front of crowds without social distancing or masks over the past weekend.