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Vanilla Ice Sold Only 284 Tickets Prior to COVID Cancellation of Austin Show

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - AUGUST 29: Rapper Vanilla Ice performs on stage during the I Love The 90's tour at Summer Night Concerts at PNE Amphitheatre on August 29, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)

So that’s the reason why Vanilla Ice canceled!

The ’90s rapper was slated to perform at Emerald Point Bar and Grill tonight, but canceled the show due to backlash as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Texas.

“I listen to my fans. I hear all you people out there. I didn’t know the numbers were so crazy in Austin, but we were hoping that it would be a lot better by 4th of July because we booked this concert a long time ago. Basically just want to stay safe. We do take it serious, and we want to make sure everybody’s safe,” Ice said in a video (which you can see below).

Speaking with ABC News, the venue’s owner William Brannam said he’s received several death threats due to the concert. The outlet also reported that the venue, which was able to reopen due to its “restaurant” designation, was going to limit capacity to 450 people (it can hold 2,500 with COVID-19 restrictions); however, only 284 tickets were sold. Brannam said Ice’s last performance at Emerald Point saw 1,800 people attend.

Color Me Badd was supposed to perform the 4th of July at the same venue, but that got pushed as well.