Fans will have to wait an extra day to catch [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] and [artist id="503203"]Alicia Keys[/artist] teaming up for a performance of their Big Apple anthem, “Empire State of Mind,” at the World Series. It was announced on Tuesday (October 27) that the duo will now be performing their ode to NYC before the game’s first pitch on Thursday instead of Wednesday, as originally planned, when the Yankees play the Phillies in the Series.
“The performance was changed due to the forecast for inclement weather for Wednesday, October 28,” a joint statement from Jay-Z and Major League Baseball reads. “Staging for the performance could adversely impact the field if it is wet, creating damaged and unsafe playing conditions.
While there was no comment from Jay in the statement, we expect he’ll be just as pumped to perform on Thursday. “First of all, the new [Yankee] Stadium — it’s the Yankees and it’s game one of the World Series,” Jay, an avid Yankee fan, told MTV News on Monday. “I’m beyond excited about it, and on top of that, it’s a New York record. It’s a record that pays homage to New York [and which was also performed at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards]. The timing of that couldn’t be better.”
Jay had expected to perform at the World Series for some time, he just had to be sure that his hometown team was definitely going to the Series.
“The whole time we knew we had the performance,” Jay joked. “We knew we had the performance last week. I think it was 3-1 [in favor of the Yankees] at the time. [The Yankees] lost that game to make it 3-2. I was like, ‘Man!’ I had to come in [the stadium] with the stage and all that. I was like, ‘Man, these guys gotta come on.’ It was almost selfish.”