The Northeast Blackout That Canceled A Huge Concert
The 20th anniversary of The Northeast Blackout That Canceled A Huge Rock Concert at Comerica is coming up. A little after 4 pm on a Thursday on August 14th. A widespread power outage hit parts of the Northeast, Midwest United States, and parts of Canada (Ontario.) For the most part, it took 7 hours to get the power back on. For some people, it took 4 days. The outage affected more than 55 million people and 8 States. 6 million people in Detroit and the surrounding suburbs were affected. The problem was traced down to a software bug in Ohio.
Local News coverage of the Blackout memories can be seen Here:
The mood around the neighborhood was pretty calm as neighbors took to their front yards and kind of had an impromptu party with fireworks as well as every neighbor started to cook out on the grill. I still had to go to work at the radio station as we had backup generators. The ride to and from work was so strange with no lights anywhere.
The Blackout also ruined one of the biggest concerts of the summer. Comerica Park was host to a SOLD OUT show of Aerosmith, Kiss, Ted Nugent, and special guest Saliva. KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons wrote on his website, “My apologies to all of you if the recent power blackout has inconvenienced you.” “KISS and AEROSMITH had a packed STADIUM full of fans waiting for the Detroit concert — unfortunately, no power, so we canceled. Likewise, I had to cancel my Detroit book signing. I promise to come back. So will KISS and AEROSMITH.”.
Didn’t take long to reschedule the show as they set it up on September 7th, 2003 for another try. Same concert line-up as the Blackout show. Saliva opened followed by Ted Nugent, Kiss, and finally Aerosmith.