LL Cool J and Barry Manilow join concert to mark New York’s Covid recovery

LL Cool J and Barry Manilow join concert to mark New York’s Covid recovery
Barry Manilow (Ian West/PA)

LL Cool J, Barry Manilow and Carlos Santana will join the line-up of a concert in Central Park next month to celebrate New York City’s recovery from Covid-19.

They will line up along with previously announced headliners Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Hudson, New York mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The concert on August 21 will be broadcast worldwide on CNN and will also include performances by Elvis Costello, Andrea Bocelli, Wyclef Jean and Cynthia Erivo, the mayor said.

Patti Smith will duet with Springsteen.

“This is going to be an historic, monumental moment for all New Yorkers and all Americans,” Mr de Blasio said.

“I’ll put it plainly: you’re going to want to be here.”

Bruce Springsteen (Isabel Infantes/PA)

City officials said 80% of the tickets for the concert will be free.

Free and for-purchase tickets will be released to the public in batches starting on August 2 at nyc.gov/HomecomingWeek.

Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required for entry, Mr de Blasio said.

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