Drake “GMA” Central Park Concert Scrapped Amid Security Concerns
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That Drake just can’t catch a break!
A second free concert in New York City featuring the somewhat-nerdy hip-hopster has been canned after New York City Police and Parks Department officials grew concerned over the sizable crowd the event would have likely attracted to Manhattan’s Central Park.
Drake’s first free show in The City That Never Sleeps was scheduled to take place at South Street Seaport on June 15, the same day his album Thank Me Later debuted. The event — which was sponsored by Paper Magazine and co-starred ’90s boy band Hanson — was shut down at the last minute after the estimated crowd of 25,000 began riot.
Snoops with The New York Daily News spill that the raved-about lyricist — whose debut album premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — had been in chats to perform in Central Park on July 16 as part of ABC’s Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. However, plans for a free Drake show was scrapped after the NYPD demanded that the New York City Dept. of Parks & Recreation — which manages Central Park — to bolster security measures for the proposed Drake show.
Ultimately, the Parks Dept. decided that Drake’s free concert wasn’t worth the potential risk.
“We were interested in having Drake perform, but he was never officially booked. The cast of Green Day’s Broadway musical ‘American Idiot’ will play ‘Good Morning America’ on July 16 instead,” an ABC spokesperson told The Daily News Thursday.