New York City is staging a comeback concert in Central Park on the Great Lawn.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the star-studded lineup and ticket info earlier Tuesday. As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reports, it’s a star studded lineup.
The “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” on the Great Lawn in Central Park is on Saturday, Aug. 21. It will cap five days of concerts, one in every borough.
Watch: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Clive Davis Announce We Love NYC Concert Lineup
“Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are coming back,” Clive Davis said. Davis, the legendary music producer, announced artists taking part, and said more big names will be added to this list.
Here’s the full list of appearances, so far: Jon Batiste, Andrea Bocelli, Kane Brown, LL Cool J, Elvis Costello, Lucky Daye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Cynthia Erivo, Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Hudson, Wyclef Jean, Journey, The Killers, Gayle King, Don Lemon, Barry Manilow, The New York Philharmonic, Polo G, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen and Rob Thomas.
People are excited for the show.
“The Killers for sure. Earth, Wind and Fire,” said Christina Sivaprakasam, visiting from West Virginia.
“Bruce Springsteen,” said Upper West Side resident David Pinan.
“It’s exciting. The city comes back to life,” one person said.
Sixty thousand tickets, 80% of them free, with some sold as VIP tickets will be released to the public in batches starting Monday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m.
The city’s big vaccination push is part of this too.
“So if you want to go to this concert you have to show proof of vaccination… as long as you have your first dose and proof of it you’re good,” de Blasio said.
Paul Simon, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J and Earth, Wind and Fire are among the long list of artists taking part in a a weeklong celebration of new York City’s reopening.
“We’re happy to get people back to work especially our organized labor friends at the unions,” said Live Nation regional president Geoff Gordon.
“It’s good business for us. We like to see events like that, because we have more people in the park, and there’s more money for us,” said Musa Jovarteh.
Again, the tickets will be released to the public in batches on Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. EDT at NYC.gov/HomecomingWeek.
All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination.
Additional free and VIP ticket release dates and times are:
Tuesday, August 3 at 7 a.m. EDT
Wednesday, August 4 at 9 p.m. EDT
Thursday, August 5 at 7 a.m. EDT
Friday, August 6 at 10 a.m. EDT
Saturday, August 7 at 9 p.m. EDT
The concert will be broadcast globally on CNN, de Blasio said.
The mega concert will cap off a week of shows, one in each borough. The concerts will be held as follows:
August 16 — Orchard Beach in the Bronx
August 17 — Richmond County Bank Park on Staten Island
August 19 — Brooklyn Army Terminal waterfront in Brooklyn
August 20 — Forest Hills Stadium in Queens
August 21 — Great Lawn at Central Park
“This is going to be an historic, monumental moment for all New Yorkers and all Americans. I’ll put it plainly: You’re going to want to be here. This is truly once in a lifetime and we thank Clive Davis, Live Nation and Danny Meyer for all their efforts to help make this possible,” said de Blasio. “This is a celebration of our city, of every working family who faced incredible challenges last year and overcame. This is a celebration for you.”