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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

No, Vanilla Ice Is Not Performing at Ted Drewes This October

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2016 at 6:29 AM

  • Screenshot from Facebook event page

It seems crazy that we'd need to clarify this, but judging by the 6,000-plus people that have clicked either "going" or "interested" on the event's Facebook page (not to mention the truly confused posts within) I guess our help is needed. So with that in mind:

No, Vanilla Ice will not be performing at Ted Drewe's this October.

Just sit and look and think about it for a moment: Does it seem real? No, it does not. Does it seem even likely? No, not at all. Is it hilarious? Yes. Yes of course it is.

Vanilla Ice at Ted Drewe's is just the latest in a string of inspired trollery that began with the promotion of a fake Limp Bizkit concert at a Sunoco gas station in Dayton, Ohio, on April 20. The prank was the brainchild of one Brian Baker, who performs in Dayton-based rock band Brat Curse.

Baker, who created the event page as a joke, set the date for the event as April 20, 2017. 

“I made the event for 2017 — and then the people decided that they want it now,” he told the Daily Beast at the time. “If they decide to show up tonight, that’s up to Fred and Limp Bizkit.”

The prank was so pervasive that the local police had to get involved, tweeting, "BE AWARE: There is NO Limp Bizkit concert Wed. 4/20 at Sunoco station at Keowee St. & Wayne Ave. These ads FALSE." Fred Durst, singer of Limp Bizkit, even addressed the rumors as well: “NOT TRUE—don’t let them pull one on you,” he tweeted at one confused fan. The gas station itself reportedly had to take the phone of the hook due to a deluge of phone calls.

Despite the best efforts of those in authority, more than 100 people gathered outside of the gas station on April 20, waiting hours for a concert that would never happen. In the face of such expertly successful trolling, copycats have cropped up by the hundreds — Facebook is now so clogged with fake events that the recent (real) announcement that Three Doors Down will be performing at Ballpark Village was even met with skepticism. ("These fake events are getting out of hand," said one commenter.)

So no, Vanilla Ice will not be performing at Ted Drewes this October. But you should probably go there on October 7 anyway. Get yourself a concrete and laugh at the suckers, or just meet some like-minded Vanilla Ice fans, if that's your thing. Just don't expect an actual concert.

“I would like to say one important thing before I go, though,” Baker said of his Limp Bizkit stunt before wrapping up his Daily Beast interview. “That we did it all for the nookie.”

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