Friday, April 12, 2024

Carly Simon Will Appear at Her Carnegie Hall Tribute Concert with A-Listers Cyndi Lauper, Michael McDonald, Darlene Love, Livingston Taylor, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.


Michael Dorf of City Winery fame has been producing tribute concerts to rock legends at Carnegie Hall for years and years. But the honorees, like Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Elton John, the Rolling Stones and so on usually do not participate in the event– too shy? Still, stars and peers come and sing their songs. (I’ll never forget Phoebe Snow tearing down the house with Elton’s “Empty Garden” or Sam Moore doing Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock.”

Well, this time it’s different. The honoree this March is Carly Simon. Not only are A-listers turning out, but Simon herself– who rarely performs live– will be on hand. Who knows? She may even get up on stage and sing. The concert is for a charity called, and Simon says: “I’m so proud to be involved with bringing music into the lives of underprivileged children. It’s a tribute to them. I will be singing along with all of the exceptional performers who have given their time. If it’s only in the rehearsals, I’m going to be footloose in the aisles.”

Updated today, the list of performers is not bad. It includes Cyndi Lauper, Michael McDonald, and even Carly’s former brother in law Livingston Taylor. They’ve also added Darlene Love, the Indigo Girls, writer/producer Linda Perry, Rachael Price from Lake Street Dive, and Carly’s family– “kids” Ben and Sally Taylor and John Forte, their pal who Carly got sprung from jail after a stupid drug conviction. I’m also excited because legends Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr of the 5th Dimension, are on the bill.

More performers will be added shortly. But at this rate, Dorf may have to add a second show!



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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