After waiting in sweltering heat for six hours and then two more in the rain, fans waiting for the group were then told the Black Eyed Peas concert in Central Park was simply not going to happen.
“What, Will.I.Am can’t play in the rain? Is Fergie‘s hair gonna get wet,” said Queens resident Brian Moriarty, 26, who lined up with his girlfriend at 3 p.m. hoping to get a prime general admission spot close to the stage.
The pre-show festivities with performances by Taylor Swift, Carole King and Tony Bennet were scheduled to start at 5 but were delayed due to the bad weather, leaving several fans stranded in the heat.
While gates finally opened to concert-goers at 7:45, the police department announced they were shutting everything down due to lightning right after fans had settled into the park.
“We won’t go,” chanted the crowd of some 20,000 New Yorkers (of the 60,000 originally scheduled to attend the performance meant to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation).
And many of them did not. Police had to close in on groups who believed that by squatting in the meadow, they would be treated to the Peas’ musical stylings.
“The heat wasn’t going to stop them, the rain wasn’t going to stop them, but the lightning-it stopped them. It came down to safety for everyone,” according to a statement from the Robin Hood Foundation.
The foundation hopes to reschedule another concert soon, and will provide more information “in the next week or so.”
While BEP can’t control weather, the canceled concert has left a lot of angry fans following a not-so-great performance at the Super Bowl earlier in the year.
With Anti-BEP comments running on Twitter on Thursday night, some haters called it an act of God. But according to band member Taboo from a tweet, Fergie was really upset about the cancellation.
Hopefully, BEP will find a way to please their fans again.
And this time, please no more covers from Guns N’ Roses.