New York’s months-in-planning post-Covid-shutdown “Homecoming” concert in Central Park was abruptly halted mid-show this evening – mid-song, in fact – after lightning and rain broke out in the area.
Grammy winner Barry Manilow was on stage performing the song “Can’t Smile Without You” when an announcement was made, telling those on the scene to exit the venue and seek shelter.
While artists including Andrea Bocelli,, LL Cool J, Jennifer Hudson, Journey, Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas, the New York Philharmonic, Jon Batiste, Earth, Wind and Fire and Wyclef Jean,had already gotten their stage time before the concert shutdown, other headliners including Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Paul Simon and Elvis Costello had not yet performed.
Gayle King, Don Lemon, Clive Davis, and Steven Colbert had appeared on stage to address the audience between the performances.
The concert, created by mogul Clive Davis, was being broadcast on CNN, leaving anchor Anderson Cooper unclear on whether the show would resume, would not resume, or perhaps resume without an audience.
CNN currently is reporting that Davis is hoping to present the remainder of the performances – including Springsteen, Simon, Smith and Costello, among others – tonight if the rain tapers off, though an audience callback is unlikely.