By Carol Tannenhauser
Mayor Bill de Blasio is not ready to call the NYC Homecoming Concert over, even though it ended abruptly on Saturday night with a display of lightning and a sudden and sustained downpour. He made that clear at his media availability appearance Monday morning, where he revealed himself to be a “glass half full” kind of guy.
“It was almost the exact halfway mark when the rain came,” he said. “This is the definition of glass half full, glass half empty. It was really sad to see that show have to end, profoundly sad, because it was getting better and better, stronger and stronger. But the first half alone, is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.”
In fact, that night, de Blasio took the mic about ten minutes after the concert was first shut down, instructing the crowd to wait out the storm nearby with the hope of the performance resuming. He defended that somewhat controversial action.
“Everyone wanted the show to go on,” he explained. “The initial information we got from our Emergency Management Department and from the weather analysts was that there was going to be an end to the thunderstorms. I mean, a summer thunderstorm is a pretty common thing, and a lot of times brief. We understood it would pass and then we’d have a good long stretch where things would be clear.”
Now, the mayor is again holding out the possibility of picking up where Saturday’s concert left off.
“There’s unfinished business there,” he said. “I had a good conversation yesterday with Clive Davis and Doug Davis. We are going to be meeting in the next few days to consider options. But all I can say is what they did in putting together that concert was one of the greatest acts of love and support for New York City I’ve ever seen. And there’s still more out there, and we’ll have updates on that as we go along.”
Among the artists who performed Saturday night were the New York Philharmonic, Earth, Wind and Fire, Andrea Bocelli, Carlos Santana, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J, and Barry Manilow, who was singing when the lightning struck. Performers who were rained out include Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Patty Smith, and Paul Simon.
“Anyone who was a part of that is going to remember it for the rest of their lives,” the mayor added. “It was an amazing, amazing concert and really sent the message to the whole world that New York City is back.”