Bruce Springsteen & Patti Smith, Journey, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, and the Killers are among the artists finally confirmed for next month's We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert. The show, which is being co-produced by music mogul Clive Davis, is set for August 21st on Central Park's Great Lawn, and will also feature Earth, Wind & Fire joined by Lucky Daye and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Carlos Santana & Rob Thomas, Barry Manilow, Jennifer Hudson, the New York Philharmonic, and LL Cool J, among others.
Billboard reported, The show “will be broadcast live globally on CNN and 80 percent of tickets will be free. While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio initially proposed having vaccinated and unvaccinated sections, he said that attendees will be required to present proof of vaccination. Tickets go on sale this Monday, August 2nd at 10 a.m. EST on the new NYC Homecoming Week website, and the Great Lawn has a capacity of 60,000. The 20 percent of tickets not designated as free are VIP tickets available for purchase.”
Paul Simon will make his third Central Park appearance at the August gig, having played massive concerts on the field with Art Garfunkel in 1981 and on his own a decade later. Simon explained that ultimately he has faith in the future of humankind: “For the future of the planet and my children, I hope that we could, as a species, reach our potential for enlightened thinking; which you see everywhere, and of course that exists with the brutal part of our nature, and the greedy and the selfish part of our nature. So, I mean, if I were not a member of this species, I would not be a big fan of this species — but I am, so that's where I hope we go.”