Watch when Barry Manilow was cut in the middle of the song at the We Love NYC concert



Hurricane Henri sent 60,000 people to Central Park home in the rain on Saturday night.

New Yorkers were disappointed on Saturday night when, in the midst of ongoing Hurricane Henri in the Northeast, the We Love NYC homecoming concert in Central Park was canceled. It was unfortunately canceled smack dab during Barry Manilow’s stage performance. As he sang the 1978 hit “Can’t Smile Without You”, spectators were invited over the speakers to “walk towards your vehicles and the protected areas outside the event center.” . Watch the moment below.

The Manilow performance halted around 7:30 p.m. and saw 60,000 fans in attendance, including those in the VIP area, exit immediately.

At the time of the evacuation, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed optimism that the show would continue. “We need everyone to move for a brief time to a safe place because of the thunder and lightning, and then we’ll bring the concert back,” he said, as reported by The New York Post.

The New York Post added, “Sources said the mayor stubbornly pushed the NYPD to allow the show to resume from 10 p.m. until midnight, but the persistent thunder and lightning made that impossible. Police had to help people exit the park in vans, including a woman whose wheelchair ran out of power. “

As Variety reported, “For nearly three hours afterward, as some of the artists who had yet to perform waited for things in their trailers, Clive Davis and other organizers chatted with those in charge of the town with the idea that the show could resume without an audience and end as a pure broadcast event. But hopes of a crowd-free revival proved to be in vain, with host CNN announcing just before 10:30 a.m. rain and lightning still in the area – that there was no possibility even of an impromptu and informal finale.

Springsteen, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, The Killers and Colombian pop star Maluma all had performances that were canceled by the storm. Still, parts of the show continued. Among the artists who were lucky enough to perform on stage were Andrea Bocelli, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as Santana and Rob Thomas. The Central Park concert was programmed by Clive Davis.

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