Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Hudson prepare for Central Park reunion
Bruce Springsteen! Jennifer Hudson! Paul Simon!
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced the first batch of headliners for the city’s planned âcome home concertâ in Central Park this summer, which is booked with 89-year-old music producer Clive Davis.
During video press conference, de Blasio confirmed that these three artists will be part of the show, which is scheduled for the park’s large lawn as part of a week-long celebration of the city’s reopening.
âThis will be one of the biggest Central Park concerts in history,â said de Blasio. “It’s something for the ages.”
But many details have yet to be announced, including the date of the event. When de Blasio first revealed the show’s plans three weeks ago, it was tentatively set for August 21. But in his comments Thursday, the mayor gave no date and said there were still âa lot more details to comeâ on the one event.
Gossip about Springsteen’s involvement has been circulating in the entertainment world for weeks and seems uncertain once the singer announced the return of his show “Springsteen on Broadway,” which reopened on Saturday and will run until September 4. . But while her show runs on select Saturdays, a performance of August 21 is conspicuously missing from the posted schedule.
âHe’s loved in New York City in an extraordinary way,â de Blasio said of Springsteen, âeven though he’s from Jersey – no one is perfect.â
At the Central Park show, Springsteen is expected to perform a duet with Patti Smith, according to a person briefed on the plans. The mayor did not mention Smith’s involvement in his announcement, and a representative for the singer declined to comment.
The artists announced so far have long been associated with Davis, whose career as a senior music executive began in the late 1960s when he took over Columbia Records. He signed Springsteen to Columbia in 1972 and worked with Simon & Garfunkel and Simon as a solo artist during his years at that label. He later signed Hudson – who had appeared on “American Idol” – to J Records.