As the East Coast digs out from the unprecedented destruction caused by superstorm Sandy, the concert cancellations from New York to Washington, D.C. kept piling up on Tuesday (October 30).
One of the biggest names to scratch was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who postponed their Rochester, New York, show from Tuesday to Wednesday night. Fun. had planned to do a special low-dough $10 show at New York’s Irving Plaza on Tuesday night, but moved the show to November 7 to allow time for clean-up from the megastorm.
Before the rain and wind hit, as a precaution, movie and theater productions were halted, the presidential candidates canceled events in the affected areas and the planned kick-off of a week’s worth of special shows from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” from the Brooklyn Academy of Music was canceled.
Other bands that postponed gigs including the XX, who pushed back planned shows in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, the Deftones, who were to play New York and Baltimore and Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, who delayed a Bowery Ballroom concert in New York slated for Monday night until Wednesday.
Dubstep producer Rusko’s Monday night “Bass Masquerade” costume ball at the Starlight Ballroom in Philadelphia has been postponed and K’Naan canceled a gig Tuesday night at Philly’s World Café Live.
Cypress Hill and Action Bronson postponed Tuesday night’s show at New York’s Best Buy Theater, the Heartless Bastards canceled a gig at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Monday, and, as previously reported, the “Freedom to Love Now!” all-star marriage equality show at New York’s Beacon Theatre featuring the National, They Might Be Giants, Rufus Wainwright, Fun., Beth Orton, Reggie Watts and Doveman has been postponed until the spring.
Comedian Louis C.K. was to play New York’s City Center on Monday night, rescheduling it for March 2 and posting a funny letter to fans who might not want to hold on to their tickets for the new date. “I know that a lot of people are excited to come and they are fine with taking the chance but I really don’t want a pole to smash your face in because you saw some comedy,” he wrote. “I know that probably it’s going to be a starry clear night and the trains are going to be just gliding up and down the tracks and a baby zebra is going to whinny as he trots by the City Center on a night that is going to break records for being placid and perfect for a night of comedy.”
He, of course, was wrong, as Sandy spun off unprecedented flooding and power outages in the New York area and killed at least 16 in its path at press time.
“If it’s any consolation, I’m eating a pretty staggering fee for cancelling the show. But I can take it,” he said. “What I can’t take is the thought that there’s a CHANCE 4,300 people will be in danger trying to get home from my stupid show.”