50 Cent Cancels Concert Due to Extreme Heat

'I'll be back in Arizona soon! 116 degrees is dangerous for everyone'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 29, 2023 6:15 PM CDT
50 Cent Cancels Phoenix Concert Due to Extreme Heat
50 Cent, left, and Tony Yayo perform at the Wireless Music Festival in Finsbury Park, July 9, 2023, in London.   (Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP, File)

Sweltering heat in Phoenix that has routinely broken records this summer led to yet another canceled concert, with rapper 50 Cent calling the triple-digit temperatures "dangerous." The rapper said Monday that his scheduled show Tuesday night at Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre, an outdoor venue in west Phoenix, was postponed because of the sweltering weather. "I'll be back in Arizona soon! 116 degrees is dangerous for everyone," 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, wrote on social media. National Weather Service meteorologists in Phoenix said Monday's high topped off at 117 degrees Fahrenheit.

The rapper joins other musicians whose shows have been impacted by the area's scorching temperatures this summer, the AP reports. In July, heavy metal band Disturbed postponed its concert, saying equipment wouldn't work in metro Phoenix's excessive heat. That outdoor show at the Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre has been rescheduled for March 2, 2024. At country singer Morgan Wallen's July 19 concert in Phoenix, some fans complained on social media that some concession stands at Chase Field ran out of water. Others said they left the venue early because of the hot conditions despite the baseball stadium's retractable roof being closed.

Phoenix is closing in on the record for most 110-degree days in a year—53 days, set in 2020. Weather Service meteorologists said Tuesday marked the 51st day. Millions of people across the Southwest experienced a historic heat wave in July, including in Phoenix, which had a streak of 31 consecutive days with temperatures over 110 degrees. (More Phoenix stories.)

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