Free Black Eyed Peas Concert In Central Park Canceled Due To Weather

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — We’ve got a feeling…that the Black Eyed Peas made a whole lot of soaked New Yorkers angry Thursday night.

The free concert that was pushed back to an 8:45 p.m. start due to thunderstorms and lightning, was canceled around 8:15 p.m., much to the dismay of fans who waited several hours for the gates to open.

“We were out here since 3 o’clock. The heat was uncontrollable until about 5:30. Then the skies opened up. I can understand why they called the concert. But it’s still disappointing because we were here since 3 o’clock,” Patrick Moore told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.

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About 50,000 to 60,000 fans were expected to be on hand for the free, ticketed show on the Great Lawn.

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The show was also supposed to feature performances by LL Cool J, Carole King, MC Hammer, Debbie Harry and Taylor Swift. It was to benefit Robin Hood, an anti-poverty group in New York City.

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The Great Lawn in Central Park (credit: Al Jones, 1010 WINS)

Earlier Thursday the heat index in Central Park hit the 103-degree mark, but once the rain came through the concern quickly became severe weather. A line of thunderstorms swept across the Tri-State Area and knocked out power to thousands of homes, including many in Connecticut.

“It’s ridiculous, it’s a let down,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones, “I’m disappointed.  I’m not even a fan, I came out to support the event.”

“Tonight’s gonna be a bad night,” a man named “Ron” and his family started singing as they got word that the concert was canceled after several hours of waiting for the gates to open.

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Black Eyed Peas Concertgoers Brave The Heat (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

“But you get what you pay for,” Ron said. “They’re free tickets.  But this is New York though, you got to suck it up a little bit.  They’re from Hollywood, I guess, you know?”

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“They could at least have come out and said sorry or something. They didn’t do nothing,” fan Adrianna Rodriguez said.

“I am sad, but it’s okay, because if it’s gonna hurt people out on this big open lawn, it’s for everyone’s safety and they’ll probably reschedule it,” another person said.

The majority of the benefit tickets were free. Robin Hood organizers said, for now, the concert is not being rescheduled.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Jill

    Why should they whether good or bad put themselves in jeopardy with all their electrical equipment while a rain storm is happening with heavy rain, lightening and thunder to perform for a bunch of NON-PAYING FOLKS ??

  • LG

    Who cares? These guys are horrible.

    • Me

      Over 60,000 people care, that’s who, you moron

      • LG

        Lick my rump!

      • LG

        60,000 morons you among them…

  • Katie W

    Alright, listen up people, i was one of those people there tonight, i was there at 130 on line, i was sweating my ass off in that weather then it started to storm, you dont know what happenned so if your gonna say it was our fault for waiting, shut your mouth, people unless you were there you have NO IDEA.

  • kendra

    this is a very worthy cause and may god truly bless them for this kind of comment..

  • david

    Central Park Conservancy suck. Did they have there precious red flags out for the event? At least we got a day without fencing around a couple of the lawns…………….but they will close it all off tomorrow! They have to close everything by 9.00pm so the dogs can run wild soiling the place just like in the mornings when the park is a no go for regular folks. Also wondering how the concert would go with all those park vehicles driving over all the pathways and lawns chasing bikes…….ha,ha,ha!!!!

  • Blaine Fiedler

    “The free, ticketed concert will also supposed to feature performances…”

    Can you please take the time to make sure your sentences make sense? I really don’t think this rises to the level of my being a ‘grammar Naxi’- this is just sloppy writing.

    • nathan

      this site is run by middle schoolers. not surprising.

  • nathan

    so 60,000 ppl stood out in the pouring rain for 2 hrs and then got sent home? Nice…

  • nathan

    Im sure the parents of that young girl wearing a tshirt that says HUMPS on it in the pic are very proud.

  • Mary

    BEP are richer than you are so shut up.
    We like em ,just cry in yo’ beer.

    • KPMc

      Yes… use that as your guide to judging people throughout your life, young lady… who has more money. It will serve you well when you are a stupid, thrice divorced, washed up old lady with no skills or real friends.

      • Mary

        At least I’ll have my cats!

  • JOE

    I thought the great lawn was off limits to all MUSICIANS.OH i forgot only LORD BLOOMBERG CAN CHANGE THE RULES.

  • BDAY55

    BEP really suck, not worth a subway fare.

  • danny

    Efff green day. They are the biggest suck out there. They are not punk. Hot Topic is not punk.

  • DAVID Sergi

    Demand Green Day on the Great Lawn RT

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