New York to mark coronavirus comeback with free live performance Reuters through

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Clive Davis speaks for the 2018 Pre-GRAMMY Gala & GRAMMY Salute to Trade Icons introduced by Clive Davis and The Recording Academy honoring Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 27, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

By Alicia Powell

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York marks its emergence from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic with a star-studded free live performance in Central Park on Saturday.

“We’re reopening New York Metropolis to the remainder of the world and music would be the catalyst,” stated document producer Clive Davis, who put collectively the occasion with promoters Stay Nation.

“We Love NYC: The Homecoming Live performance” includes a lineup that ranges from classical to rap together with Bruce Springsteen, Barry Manilow, Andrea Bocelli, The Killers, Patti Smith, Polo G, the New York Philharmonic and Paul Simon.

The live performance, backed by Mayor Invoice de Blasio, can be meant to rejoice the resilience of New York, one of many worst affected U.S. cities initially of the pandemic within the spring of 2020.

“This can be a celebration of our metropolis, of each working household who confronted unbelievable challenges final yr and overcame,” De Blasio stated when the live performance was introduced in July.

The live performance, anticipated to draw some 60,000 folks, may also be streamed reside on cable channel CNN. Proof of a minimum of one dose of a COVID vaccination, or a unfavourable take a look at, shall be required to attend.

Davis, who was born and raised in New York, stated he was honored to be placing on the present.

“It’s a reside present (so) you by no means know what is going on to go on. And all you are able to do is do your greatest, put one of the best music. And I do know we have now nice, nice artists, nice, nice music. And I simply hope that it fulfills the expectation,” he stated.

For the reason that live performance was introduced, New York, like many different U.S. cities, has skilled a surge in coronavirus circumstances and has launched a slew of restrictions aimed toward combating the illness.

They embody proof of vaccination for folks eager to dine indoors, work out at a gymnasium, or go to museums and film theaters. All healthcare employees in New York state have been ordered to get the vaccine.