NYC is planning a mega concert in Central Park to celebrate its reopening after COVID-19, and the rumor list for the August 21 show is a dazzling who’s who of the A-list artists.
In an effort to make the city an attractive vacation destination again amid a mounting crime problem and a tourist void, Mayor Bill de Blasio enlisted the help of legendary music producer Clive Davis to bring eight entertainers onto the stage.
The 89-year-old music director has won five Grammy Awards and is known as the founder of both Arista and J Records.
according to showbiz411 blogger Roger Friedman, Davis should have no problem putting together a list of the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Carole King, Jennifer Hudson, Bob Dylan, Earth Wind & Fire, Carly Simon , Barry Manilow and Dionne Warwick.
Singers Alicia Keys (left) and Jennifer Hudson are among the rumored performers Clive Davis is compiling for the post-COVID Central Park ‘homecoming’ show on August 21
Simon & Garfunkel, Diana Ross and Carole King have all had their own “historical CP shows,” Friedman says.
Hudson would be a particularly suitable choice, as her movie Respect, in which she plays Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, is expected to hit theaters a week before the show in Central Park.
No artists have been officially announced.
Bruce Springsteen (left) and Diana Ross could bring some star power to the free show
Davis won one of his Grammys for the executive production of Hudson’s 2008 debut album. He is also credited with reviving Franklin’s career after she left Atlantic Records and sang with Arista in 1980.
The show is scheduled for August 21 and will take place on the 13-acre Great Lawn in Central Park.
There will be sections for vaccinated people and unvaccinated people. Most tickets are free, but there are some VIP packages for sale.
De Blasio says the concert will kick off a week of celebrations known as “Homecoming Week” for the city.
‘This concert will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s going to be a great lineup.
“The whole week will be like nothing you’ve ever seen in New York City,” de Blasio . told me The New York Times in an interview.
Mayor Bill de Blasio (left) announced a mega concert in Central Park in August that he wants Clive Davis to help him organize with the help of his A-list friends
The event will take place on August 21 on the Great Lawn in Central Park. It is free with some VIP packages for sale and there will be a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated sections
While de Blasio hopes it will end a year of bleak restrictions that have wiped out the city’s tourism and nightlife, it comes amid rising crime rates that worry many about New York becoming the dangerous city of the years again 70s and 80s.
Violent crime across the board is up 30 percent from last year and NYPD unions are begging for change.
They blame De Blasio’s bail reform and a series of crime cuts.
Figures released by Compstat reveal that there were 1,754 major crimes in the city last week alone.
There were 35 shootings, 39 rapes, 105 other sex crimes, 1,600 theft, 708 crimes and 14 hate crimes. Crime is on the rise in almost every category.
The only categories where there was a decrease were murder and burglary.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said last week the city was becoming too dangerous and efforts to revive it after COVID-19 are being hampered.
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“We have a major crime problem in New York City. Everything we just talked about, now that the economy is coming back, you know what the first step is? People should feel safe.
‘We are building new projects, stimulating new business – what comes before that is public safety, otherwise it won’t work.
“New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is rising.
“It’s not that they’re neurotic or overly sensitive — they’re right.”
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