New York City plans mega-concert in Central Park to celebrate reopening
“I was very honored,” said Davis, who grew up in Brooklyn.
Mr Davis said he and his team, which includes his son Doug, a music industry lawyer, were still at work to book artists, and he declined to give the names of those he had in mind. . Sponsorship deals are also underway, he said. The mayor’s office has announced that it will announce a broadcast partner soon.
But a number of details for the event have already been worked out. Live Nation, the global concert giant, is involved in the production, and the majority of tickets will be free, although there will be VIP seating, Davis said.
The Great Lawn – a 13-acre oval in the center of the park near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delacorte Theater, and the Reservoir – has long been the city’s most prestigious setting for outdoor concerts, telegraphing a sense of the heart even from New York.
The Central Park Conservancy, which manages the park, has a reputation for being strict and judicious in licensing major performances. The band’s website barely mentions the concerts, noting that a renovation in 1997 “restored the lawn to balance both active sports use and quiet relaxation.” But the mayor’s office said the conservatory supported the idea.
The Great Lawn has been the scene of concerts and other large public events since the 1970s. Carole King serenaded 70,000 people there in 1973. Elton John performed in 1980 – in duck costume, among other outfits – and the following year, Simon & Garfunkel reunited for around 400,000 people. Diana Ross performed in 1983, Luciano Pavarotti in 1993 and the Dave Matthews Band in 2003.
The New York Philharmonic performs on the Great Lawn as part of its city parks tour each summer, and since 2012 the Global Citizen Festival has regularly held events there with lineups from stars such as Beyoncé, Metallica, Neil Young and Coldplay. (Garth Brooks drew hundreds of thousands of people to North Meadow, above 97th Street, in 1997.)