We Love NYC Concert Cut Short Due to Henri Approaching...


Saturday's all-star We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert in Manhattan's Central Park was cut short due to rain from Hurricane Henri [prn: On-Ree].

Among those who did get to perform were Santana,Journey, Andrea Bocelli, the New York Philharmonic, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J, Jon Batiste, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Barry Manilow, who was on stage when the order to evacuate came over the PA.

Those forced to go home without performing were Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, The Killers and Patti Smith, who was going to do "Because the Night" with her co-writer Bruce Springsteen.

CNN, which televised the concert, aired Facetime footage of The Killers doing a haphazard acoustic performance of "Mr. Brightside" in their dressing room, which came after a bit more focused version of "Human."

Santana did three songs with Rob Thomas -- "Smooth" and their new one, "Move" -- and "Maria Maria" with Wyclef Jean. Carlos Santana will now head home to Las Vegas for the start of his residency at the House of Blues on Wednesday.

Journey did two songs -- “Any Way You Want It” and “Don’t Stop Believin'.”

Afterward, guitarist Neal Schon said, "Grateful we got to play even though it was just two songs as many did not get to play at all because of the storm moving in. 100 million worldwide viewed on CNN."

Journey did get to do a longer set on Saturday night as they boarded a helicopter for a short flight to Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York (Long Island) for their set at the Tunnel 2 Towers Never Forget Concert to support victims of 9/11, first responders and injured veterans. Also on the that bill were Steve Miller, John Fogerty and Ann Wilson.

While the rain held off, the high tide flooded the first 10 rows of the amphitheater, which caused a slight delay.


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