Important figures of music such as Patti Smith, Carlos Santana and the group The Killers They will join the mega-concert with which New York City plans to mark its reopening next August after the severe blow of the pandemic.
“This is going to be a historic and monumental moment for all New Yorkers and all Americans,” the mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio, said Tuesday at the presentation of the event. “This is a celebration of our city, of every working family that faced incredible challenges in the past year and overcame them.”
The concert, which will take place next Saturday, August 21 and whose free tickets will be available from next Monday, is being organized by the famous music producer Clive Davis, and in addition to Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson, whose participation already It had been announced earlier in the month, the 60,000 viewers will also see the performances of a long list of figures.
Jorge Santana began playing in San Francisco in the band The Malibus. And it will not be missing in the megaconcert. Facebook photo
Patti Smith, Carlos Santana and The Killers will take the stage with Andrea Bocelli, Kane Brown, LL COOL J, Elvis Costello, Earth, Wind & Fire, Wyclef Jean, Journey, Polo G, Barry Manilow and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as comedians and presenters like Jimmy Fallon, Gayle King, and Don Lemon.
The event, titled We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert (We love New York: the homecoming concert), will be about three hours long and will take place in Central Park, but only vaccinated people will be able to attend, so the use of masks will not be required.
Bruce Springsteen, ready to play. Mayor De Blasio said the concert will be one of the largest in Central Park. AP Photo
Although 80% of the tickets are free, Davis, who organizes the event together with Live Nation, the giant of live and direct shows, also decided to put on sale some VIP entries.
In central park
Specifically, the place chosen for the mega-concert is the large meadow located in the center of Central Park, the scene of historical performances by figures such as Elton John (1980) and Luciano Pavarotti (1993). During the last few years, that area served for several editions of the Global Citizen festival, with stars such as Beyoncé, Metallica, Neil Young and Coldplay.
Patti Smith, in November 2019 at Luna Park. He will do a duet with Springsteen. Photo Martín Bonetto
After being one of the areas hardest hit by the covid-19, New York is accelerating its reopening and trying to reactivate the local economy and tourism, which is one of its great sources of income. Although the Big Apple has already lifted most of the restrictions it had imposed on leisure and hospitality, so far it has not faced any event of such magnitude.
The old-fashioned restaurants full of crowded parks and city streets were, you see, a boost for the promoters of this mega-concert that will arrive as a renewed postcard of something that was lost sight of more than a year and a half ago. The concert on August 21 will air worldwide on CNN and will also include performances and it is anticipated that Patti Smith will duet with Springsteen.
From the EFE agency