Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Exclusive: Clive Davis’s All Star Carnegie Hall NY Pops Night Features Santana, Rob Thomas, Dionne Warwick, John Mellencamp, More


Music mogul and living legend Clive Davis is being honored by the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on April 29th.

Let me tell you that from the seating chart, the famed concert hall is 99% sold out. There are a few tickets left, which is ironic since no one knew who was going to perform.

How do you get to appear on stage at Clive’s big event? Practice, practice, practice.

Seriously, all the songs sung on stage will be just ones over which Clive presided. You know that could mean Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, and god knows who else.

But I can tell you exclusively that once again Clive has put together a five star show. Already nailed down are Dionne Warwick, Barry Manilow, Babyface, John Mellencamp, Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas, Deborah Cox, and Melissa Manchester. There will be others, maybe my earlier mentions.

This means, among other things, there will be a rare live performance of “Smooth,” the most popular song of the last 20 years, from Carlos and Rob. Carnegie Hall will be shakin’!

What to do? I’d call the box office now and beg. Let’s hope there’s a live stream and Carnegie Hall charges big bucks for it. This sounds like the show of the century– although Clive just had that in LA less than a month ago!

The occasion by the way is the Pops’ 41st birthday. But earlier that month Monsieur Davis will celebrate a birthday! There had better be cake for everyone!

PS Isn’t it time for Clive to be honored by the Kennedy Center? I think so (along with Liza Minnelli and a few others).

The whole thing, by the way, is insane considering it was only a few weeks ago in Los Angeles that Clive put on his five star pre Grammy dinner and concert at the Beverly Hilton with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Green Day, Ice Spice, and a dozen other A list acts!

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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