Hurricane Henri , which threatens the northeastern US states tonight, before making landfall, the concert of stars that New York performed in Central Park, “We Love NYC: The Home Concert” to celebrate the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, despite concerns about the Delta variant .
The thousands of people who gathered today in the iconic park in Manhattan – who had to be vaccinated as a requirement – were surprised when, in the middle of Barry Manilow’s presentation, everything was silent and dark, after which it began to to rain.
The interpreter of “Copacabana”, the first song that he brought to the concert with his also famous “Mandy” , was also perplexed in the middle of the stage as he watched the public leave the park, on the instructions of the organizers who asked that the entire world at the departures.
“Lightning stopped the concert. Please seek shelter for your safety,” was heard at the scene.
Some stayed in the park confused because, after the blackout, Mayor Bill de Blasio came on stage to report that the show would continue, according to CNN that broadcast the concert, scheduled to end at 10 p.m. local time. after five hours of stars.
“Due to the approaching severe weather, all event attendees should calmly move to the nearest exits and head to the areas outside the park. This is not an emergency,” was the message that the NYPD immediately (NYPD) posted on the networks .
Henri, the third hurricane in 2021 in the Atlantic basin, is moving towards the northeast coast, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour) and is expected to make landfall this Sunday, although the effects are already being felt.
Stars like Paul Simon and Bruce Springteen were waiting their turn to take the stage as well as the Colombian singer Maluma.
This concert of stars who had left their hearts on the gigantic stage with which essential workers were also thanked during the pandemic, began with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by that of Andrea Bocelli.
The concert, announced in June and leaving no genre out to please all New Yorkers, had caused great excitement in the city and generated great publicity.
New Yorkers had enjoyed a great Philharmonic start with “Candide” and “Rapsodie in Blue” , and a medley that featured the iconic “New York, New York” and Manhattan.
The orchestra then accompanied Bocelli, who appeared with his flute to interpret “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and a masterful “O Sole Mio” and an incomparable Jennifer Hudson.
The mythical Carlos Santana, who performed with two guitars around his neck, and the singers Clive Davis, Wyclef Jean and Rob Thomas caused delirium with “María, María” , the new song Move! from the famous guitarist and “Smooth”.
Country music was represented by Kane Brown who as soon as he stepped onto the gigantic stage adorned with images of the city thanked the essential workers “and everyone who did something for us . “
The concert also featured the bands Journey and Earth, Wind and Fire who carried their hit “September” in their suitcase , after which came the presentation of Barry Manilow who played “I can’t smile without you” when the end of the big party, which was preceded by several Hip-Hop music concerts throughout the city. EFE