Drake Will Never Play Outdoors For Free in This Town Again: Central Park Show Next Week Cancelled


To say that Drake’s June 15th free, outdoor show at the South Street Seaport was cancelled would be an understatement–more like dissolved into a lawless riot. The cops eventually broke that show and the twenty-plus thousand people who came to see it up; after that, there were endless rounds of recrimination, blame, and most ominously, rumblings that future free outdoor shows in New York were in jeopardy. That turned out not to be the case. Except, that is, for Drake himself, who just had another NYC concert cancelled. Reports the New York Daily News:

The plug has been pulled on another free outdoor concert featuring Drake in New York City before the superstar rapper even stepped off the tour bus, the Daily News has learned. ABC decided not to book the 23-year-old Canadian rapper for a July 16 show in Central Park after the NYPD told the city Parks Department that Parks’ security plan wasn’t up to snuff, Parks and police sources said. The concert was going to be part of ABC’s “Good Morning America” summer concert series, which has already featured megastars Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and Alicia Keys.

At issue was the security detail, which the NYC Parks Department couldn’t quite get up to the standards of the NYC Police Department, who are surely wary at this point of finding themselves in the middle of another full-scale melee. This would be more of a tragedy if the Good Morning America concerts weren’t brief, and early in the morning–two factors you would think would keep the rioting down, but whatever. Who wants to see anybody play anything at 7 a.m.? What Drake needs to do is an actual, ticketed, indoors New York show–which, coincidentally, just got announced the other day. September 29th, Radio City Music Hall. It’s not quite Madison Square Garden, but we can’t all be Phoenix, right?

ABC backs out on Drake’s Central Park concert after NYPD tells Parks Department to amp up security [NYDN]