Sheryl Crow and Eric Clapton are the first two acts confirmed for an all-star free concert to be held Sept. 14 in New York's Central Park. The concert will be broadcast live on FOX-TV, radio and the Web.
The concert will be held at Central Parks' East Meadow from 8-10 p.m. (EDT), and will be underwritten by American Express. "It's not really a concert," said Parks Department spokesperson Robert Lawson. "It's more of a broadcast on the radio and the Internet." Billed as the cumbersome "American Express Brings You Central Park In Blue: Sheryl Crow and Friends," Lawson did allow that one of Crow's "friends" would be Clapton.
"Sheryl performed at Eric's Crossroads concert this spring, so of course he wanted to return the favor," said Clapton's spokeswoman. "The two remain very good friends, despite their former relationship."
Other acts rumored to have been asked to participate include Sarah McLachlan, Chrissie Hynde, the Dixie Chicks and Stevie Nicks, whose record Crow is co-producing. None have been confirmed, however.
American Express representatives will distribute some 25,000 tickets at selected sites in all five of New York's boroughs after Labor Day through a lottery system. The Parks Department says you don't have to be an American Express cardholder to be eligible -- anyone interested will have the opportunity to play an instant game, and winners will receive two tickets each.
Written by JAAN UHELSZKI for RollingStone.com News