Yesterday, we wrote about the terrible mistake an Austin venue, Emerald Point Bar and Grill, was making trying to put on a show headlined by nu-metal maven Vanilla Ice when their state is seeing record spikes in coronavirus cases. Shortly after we published the story, Ice announced the show was being postponed because he didn't realize how bad it was. Turns out, it was also because nobody bought any tickets.
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
While Ice initially said the show was postponed "due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers in Austin," ABC News reports that the venue owner claimed to only sell 284 tickets. The breakdown, according to the report was "84 tickets had been sold on EventBrite, while he'd sold all 96 available VIP tickets, plus 104 tickets for seating in the venue's upper deck."
They were planning to limit the show to 450 patrons, and couldn't even get there. Ice brought 1,800 people to the venue the last time he performed there. The venue can hold 2,500 with COVID restrictions in place.
The venue owner also claimed to be receiving death threats over scheduling the concert.
Clearly, it's for the best that this show not go on, and not just because of the virus.