NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday night time marked an enormous step in New York’s reopening.
Madison Sq. Backyard welcomed again followers at full capability for the primary time because the coronavirus pandemic began. 1000’s of vaccinated individuals gathered to look at the Foo Fighters take the stage, CBS2’s Cory James reported.
The live performance started at 8 p.m., however most of the greater than 15,000 followers that attended began exhibiting up lengthy earlier than then, numerous them of their gear, ready for the Foo Fighters to rock the world’s most well-known area.
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The present marked the primary full capability occasion at MSG since COVID-19 capability restrictions have been not too long ago lifted in New York.
Followers instructed James they have been glad to see extra normalcy return after greater than a yr of the pandemic.
“I awakened one morning, heard the radio that mentioned in 20 minutes when you have the Citi card you may get presale and I jumped off the bed and I obtained them,” mentioned Kim Durso of Lengthy Island.
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“It has been a very long time now, between the lockdowns and every little thing else, so it’s simply going to be thrilling … 18,000, 19,000 individuals right here celebrating,” added Scott Cronin of Mahopac, New York.
“They’re simply electrical. I like Dave Grohl,” one fan mentioned.
“I wish to see him shake his head the best way he shakes his hair,” Durso mentioned laughing.
“It’s going to be night time,” one other fan mentioned.
Yvonne Saldivar from San Antonio, Texas wasted no time shopping for a ticket to the present and reserving a flight to the Huge Apple for the primary time.
“This can be a bucket record sort of factor, good timing. Town is open,” Saldivar mentioned.
In an effort to watch the band rock out, concertgoers needed to be totally vaccinated. All of them needed to present proof of that earlier than going by the door.
However, outdoors the venue, anti-vaxxers protested, saying the COVID-19 vaccine shouldn’t be required for occasions.
When requested if he wished to go to the live performance, upstate New Yorker John Allenville mentioned, “Does that matter? No, I didn’t wish to go, however that is simply step one. Ought to we be compelled to take a vaccine or lose our freedom?”
The opposition, nonetheless, didn’t spoil the thrill for Foo Fighters followers. They have been simply glad to style pre-pandemic life once more and luxuriate in Father’s Day.
“I haven’t been to this venue in years,” one individual mentioned.
“I truly had the COVID, spent 9 days on a ventilator, so that is like monumental for us,” one other fan mentioned.
The Foo Fighters additionally devoted the present to their stage supervisor, who not too long ago handed away.
Trey Anastasio, additionally of the band Phish, is subsequent up on the Backyard, Tuesday night time.