Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon to perform Central Park reopening concert
Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson are among the first group of artists announced to headline New York’s “Coming Home Concert” in Central Park this summer.
While the concert, which takes place on the park’s large lawn as part of a week-long celebration of the city’s reopening, was tentatively scheduled for August 21, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday during a press conference that there were “many more details to come” about the event, which is being booked in conjunction with iconic music producer Clive Davis.
“This will be one of the biggest Central Park concerts in history,” said de Blasio. “It’s something for the ages.”
Davis previously said eight “iconic” stars will complete the show, with an expected audience of 60,000.
Springsteen has already become a staple of the city’s reopening, with its show “Springsteen on Broadway” which will reopen on June 26 and run through September 4. While The Boss will be performing on Broadway most Saturdays, an August 21 date is missing from the schedule. .
“[Springsteen] is loved in New York in an extraordinary way, ”said de Blasio,“ even though he’s from Jersey – no one is perfect. “
Simon performed in Central Park with Art Garfunkel in 1981, a performance commemorated in a concert album released the following year. He performed in the park again, solo, a decade later.
Davis took over Columbia Records in the 1960s and signed Springsteen to the label in 1972. He also worked with Simon & Garfunkel, who released all of their studio albums under Columbia. In 2006, Davis signed Hudson to J Records.