CELEBRITY — The singer Robert Matthew Van Winkle, also known by his stage name Vanilla Ice, was previously booked to perform at the Emerald Point Bar & Grill in Austin, Texas on Friday, July 3. However, he has just cancelled his performance on Friday, July 3, taking into consideration the guidelines of health advisors to evade the coronavirus.
On Monday, June 29, the 52-year-old rapper posted an Instagram clip showcasing one of his old concerts, and included a caption that hints he will be back to performing soon. The caption starts, “I can’t wait to get back to this. The 90s were the best” followed by, “We are looking forward to a fun and safe weekend with good friends, good food, and good music while celebrating America.” He also makes a reference to how they “didn’t have coronavirus, or cell phones, or computers” during the 90s. There were are already tickets being sold on Eventbrite, which ranged from $25 to $300. Other artists like Hip Hop Hooray and Myke Miller were also scheduled to perform on stage on Friday.
The concert, named the “Independence Day Throwback Beach Party,” was going to celebrate the Independence Day on an outdoor stage. The Texas Tribune had previously said that the cases of COVID-19 have nearly quadrupled since Memorial Day, but the concert was still on. He has now, however, informed the cancellation of the event, as seen from his Instagram post uploaded thirteen hours ago. He mentions that he won’t be performing anymore, in order to avoid further spread of the coronavirus. He says that he made this decision with the help of his fans, and the health advisors who urged him to cancel the outdoor concert.