The NYC Blackout Forced J.Lo To Cancel Her Concert But She Came Back Better Than Ever
Jennifer Lopez’s “It’s My Party” Tour was set to reach its pinnacle as the Puerto Rican icon returned to her home barrio, New York City, on Saturday, July 13. Instead, the sold out Madison Square Garden show was evacuated after a city-wide blackout turned Madison Square Garden (MSG) dark.
While StubHub reportedly refunded $500k to customers affected by the blackout, along with other suffering businesses, J.Lo was quick to action because her party ain’t over till she says it is.
When the lights went off, fans turned on their phone lights to light up the arena.
In video footage posted by J.Lo on her social media accounts, you can see the 49-year-old knockout performing for her loudest, most loyal fans when everything went black. Fans started to scream, and although J.Lo’s microphone cut out, she starts to tell the crowd, “Don’t panic. Everybody, stay calm.”
The singer quickly took to social media to blast her thoughts out to her fans.
Since nobody could hear her, she brilliantly sent a message through to everyone with a selfie video. “Hi guys, we’re backstage. They just told me to get off stage… They’re asking everyone to evacuate very slowly and calmly and that’s what we’re going to have to do,” she tells the camera. She tweeted out to her fans, “Heartbroken to say tonight’s show is cancelled. We will reschedule. Love you all!!! Stay safe!
Some thought her fire caused the NYC blackout.
In a video she posted to Twitter, we hear someone telling Jennifer, “New York just wasn’t ready for you.” J.Lo agreed.
J.Lo posted several more videos that night expressing to her fans how “heartbroken” she was to have to cancel the show.
“Devastated and heartbroken that I can’t perform for all of you tonight. We will make this up to you, I promise!” she tweeted alongside the video. And that she did. :’ )
Later, she shared a video of her finding out the show could be rescheduled for the upcoming Monday.
“UGHHHH, this sucks. This SUCKS, she frustratingly shouted into a phone.” We see her with fiancé Alex Rodriguez and her team in a business meeting where the person on the other end of the phone confirmed that MSG could reschedule her concert for Monday.
J.Lo made sure to bring the whole Madison Square Garden to its feet during rescheduled concert.
The blackout might have stopped her concert in its tracks but that would never hold J.Lo down. She promised to deliver a performance for her fans and she did just that.
The singer is celebrating her 50th birthday like only she can and fans approve.
Way to go, J.Lo. That’s how you deliver a show to your fans.
Of course, A-Rod was there with all of the support.
Alex Rodriguez is the attentive and supportive partner everyone deserves. He seems to always be there for her performances and his unyielding support of her is something we can all cry over.
Even though she’s going to perform in a different city the very next day, she’s making The Garden show round two happen the night before.
This morning, she tweeted “The party’s not over til I say it is…. See you tonight, NYC!!!!!!!!”
You can’t stop a Puerto Rican fire. ; ) J.Lo’s swift action and obvious disappointment for her fans has just reinvigorated her fanbase.
Meanwhile, around the city, Latinos were taking in the city sin luz.
As the sun set on the city, it’s usually bright cityscape was absolutely pitch dark. Citizens started directing traffic, including directing police cars in the right direction. A Symphony Hall orchestra moved their performance to the middle of a busy New York street, making it open to the public.
Bodegas kept doing their thing.
The metaphorical and literal cornerstone of NYC and Latino culture remained the hub for socializing and snacking.
Broadway just took their performances to the street.
Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted an incredible video of André and company freestyling about the blackout, during the blackout, to keep the Hadestown performance alive.
Kulture still had a “lit” 1st birthday party during the blackout.
In an Instagram live video posted Sunday, Cardi B told her fans that her baby’s first birthday party “was so lit that I lost my motherf–king nail. Let me tell ya’ll something, ya’ll made it lit was the fact that I had got there, the lights went off in the party, it was like a whole hour with no lights, no music. But it was…lit!”
Here’s what we learned. A blackout may turn off the power in the City of Lights, but it can’t stop culture from doing its thing.