AUSTIN, Texas – Vanilla Ice has indefinitely postponed a Texas concert that was drawing fierce criticism because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” was scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday.
Texas and its capital city have been hot spots in a summer resurgence of the coronavirus.
On Thursday, the artist tweeted that the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Austin compelled him to postpone.
Due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers in Austin 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. pic.twitter.com/MWWfNWf3zd
— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) July 2, 2020
No new date has been set for the rapper’s show.
The owner of the restaurant that was set to host the show, Barrett Brannam, says he had only sold 84 tickets to the concert. According to Eventbrite, the restaurant planned to check everyone's temperature at the door and everyone would have been required to wear a mask.