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A world of live music that has shown signs of life in recent weeks is roaring at full speed in New York this month. Barely did Mayor Bill de Blasio announce prior plans for a festive concert set to be held in Central Park in August, three remarkable engagements followed one another: Bruce Springsteen returning to Broadway, the Foo Fighters reopening Madison Square Garden and the Strokes performing at Irving Plaza, all in June.
Springsteen revives its popular Springsteen on Broadway show at the St. James Theater on Saturday June 26, with additional shows through September 4. Based on Born to run, the autobiography of the iconic rocker, Springsteen on Broadway originally 236 performances at the Walter Kerr Theater, from October 2017 to December 2018. The show earned Springsteen a Special Tony Award and was adapted into a film and soundtrack album.
Proceeds from the opening night performance of Springsteen on Broadway will be donated to a range of New York and New Jersey charities, including the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County, Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids, the NJ Pandemic Relief Fund and The Actor’s Fund. Tickets are on sale this Thursday, June 10 at noon ET.
Foo Fighters was announced this morning as the first group to perform at Madison Square Garden since March 2020. The group, newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May, will perform to a fully vaccinated audience on June 20 – the first full capacity show at the multi-story arena in over 460 days.
“We’ve been waiting for this day for over a year, and Madison Square Garden is going to feel this tough,” group leader Dave Grohl said in a press release. Tickets should go on sale
And at Irving Plaza, a more intimate venue, trendy New York band The Strokes will perform for fully vaccinated audiences this Saturday, June 12, in a concert to raise funds for Maya Wiley’s mayoral campaign. Tickets for the event go on sale this afternoon at noon ET.
All attendees of these shows will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter. It remains to be clarified how a full capacity audience, especially for Madison Square Garden, can be effectively projected.