The boss will serenade from New York to Central Park.
The Big Apple’s August “Coming Home Concert” in Manhattan’s Iconic Greenspace will be conducted by Queens native Bruce Springsteen and “American Legend” Paul Simon and award-winning singer and former “American Idol” Jennifer Hudson, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
“This will be one of the biggest Central Park concerts in history. It’s something you don’t want to miss, “de Blasio said at a virtual press briefing, promising a” big crowd “for the concert.” It’s something for the ages. “
The mayor said he has long “loved” the music of the “Born to Run” singer. The Freehold, NJ native kicked off Broadway’s comeback on Saturday with a performance of his solo show “Springsteen on Broadway.”
“He’s loved in New York, in an extraordinary way, even though he just happens to come from [New] Jersey. No one is perfect, ”de Blasio joked. “It’s awesome.”
Hudson, who was a season 3 finalist of “American Idol,” is a “prime example of an artist who started from the grassroots” and epitomizes the “courage and determination” of New Yorkers amid the pandemic of COVID-19.
Details on the date and time of the late-summer event – the headliners for which the second-term Democrat said will be “really exciting for New Yorkers” – as well as the other artists performing there will be announced “soon,” the mayor said.
“Definitely more acts to come.”
The capacity of the event will be 60,000 people, said executive director of city-wide events Dan Gross.
“It will be the same setup you would see at other standard events,” Gross said, citing the Global Citizen Festival as a model.
“It’s going to be a historic event.
“We intend to vaccinate many more people by August,” said the mayor. “This is meant to be a big crowd event. ”
“It will be a great moment for the city, marking our rebirth, marking our return,” he added. “We are very excited, and it will be a historic event, to say the least.”
The event, first announced on June 7, will also feature Patti Smith, Page Six reported on Wednesday. Smith, a punk rock pioneer, will perform a duet with Springsteen, Page Six reported.
One of his most famous songs is “Because the Night”, which was a collaboration with Springsteen. An insider told the publication that the show will run for four hours.
The Central Park concert will not be its first – nor possibly the largest – production at the 843-acre attraction. Simon & Garfunkel’s performance in 1981 drew over 500,000 people, who heard the duo sing their hits “Mrs. Robinson “and” Slip Slidin ‘Away “.
In 1983, Motown star Diana Ross performed at a free Great Lawn concert aired on Showtime.