July 20 was shaping up to be the perfect storm of a day. On the heels of Round 1 of Vegas Sharknado ‘13, Mandalay Bay was set to bring back the ’90s in a big way with the pairing of Counting Crows and The Wallflowers at the Beach. The previous night’s weather forced the venue to cancel other ‘90s staples Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Soul Asylum. Surely it wouldn’t happen again.
With the Weather Channel reporting gusts of 59 mph, strong winds whipped sand around the beach, offering free full-body exfoliation for concertgoers trying to hold on to their beach towels and Bud Lights. There was a shred of hope the venue might let rains come and go, then start the concert later, but when a voice came over the loudspeaker at 9 p.m., it seemed the “Rain King” had won. Although drops weren’t yet falling, the intense winds and the imminent threat of a severe thunderstorm forced Mandalay’s hand.
While plenty of concertgoers were upset, at times like this it’s probably best to take a step back and be glad this weather only ruined what would have been a fun night of nostalgic entertainment.