The concert was part of Jay Z’s Late Show appearance
Fans planning to attend Jay-Z’s concert atop of the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee in New York City on July 8th are going to be disappointed. City officials yanked the permit as quickly as they approved it.
The concert was to be apart of the rapper’s appearance on Monday’s The Late Show with David Letterman to support his new album Magna Carte Holy Grail available July 4th. The New York Post reports that reps for Jay-Z, Letterman, the city and the NYPD had planned to meet at the midtown Manhattan Late Show offices Tuesday (July 2nd) to work out the concert details, but instead, were told the event was a no-go due to what police speculated as security concerns. One source said that due to the 4th of July holiday weekend, city officials feared fireworks and terrorism would put people at risk.
However, another source speculates the concert was canceled due to “logistical concerns” as it was the first time Jay-Z and Letterman planned a marquee performance in 2010, a week after a riot broke out at a Drake concert in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport.
Spin reports that the canceled concert could just be a publicity stunt in support the album (given there is no listing at Amazon), and that the Post is just reporting on speculation, like it normally does, given the city, Letterman nor Jay-Z’s camp would comment on the subject.
Paul McCartney and Phish have previously performed on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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