CNN spent weeks creating a buzz on Saturday’s “We Love New York: The Homecoming Concert”, which it planned to air from Central Park in New York.
The event was supposed to celebrate the city’s reopening after the coronavirus closures.
Instead, performances by the night’s biggest names – including Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and others – were called off as dangerous rain and lightning ahead of Hurricane Henri prompted organizers of the concert to be interrupted, then to end the show.
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Vocalist Barry Manilow was on stage performing “Can’t Smile Without You” when the show was interrupted.
With the shutdown, CNN turned to their studio, where Anderson Cooper and others rushed to kill airtime while waiting to see if the gig would resume after the storm.
They managed to blackmail “I Made It Through the Rain” in Manilow over the phone.
Cooper also conducted a studio interview at one point with guitar legend Carlos Santana, who shared his approach to the show – and no doubt referred many viewers to their dictionaries.
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“I want to be radiant,” Santana told Cooper at one point, employing a word that means “brilliantly shining” or “radiant.”
Despite the disappointment of the broadcast, viewers who logged in early were able to see several stars on stage, including Andrea Bocelli, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Earth, Wind & Fire, according to the New York Post.