Probably not, but: “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in secret negotiations with HBO to produce a historic Bon Jovi concert in Central Park the night before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.” That’s from The Daily‘s gossip page today. So, you know, this show—which will reportedly be a star-studded event with more than a dozen big(gish) names—might not happen. (The item was accompanied by the standard publicist denial from an HBO rep.) But if it does?
It’s not that I don’t have a bit of affection for quite a few tracks from the Bon Jovi catalog (shout out to “Born To Be My Baby”), and I’m guessing that the death of Clarence Clemons meant that asking obvious-choice-for-this-sorta-thing Bruce Springsteen was out of the cards. But something tells me that New York City isn’t miraculously going to be able to finally get past the awful events of 10 years ago after hearing a somewhat-rousing take on “Have A Nice Day”—even if it does have cameos by John Legend and Yo-Yo Ma. And I worry about the other acts that will fill out the bill. Will we be treated to a redo in spirit of the 2001 Video Music Awards, which included among other things (Macy Gray’s “BUY IT” dress, Britney Spears’ snake-handling) Missy Elliott, bless her heart, dedicating her performance, which included the ode-to-lousy-lays “One Minute Man,” to the memory of the just-departed Aaliyah?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 22, 2011