The New York-based morning shows of two major broadcast networks will go head to head all summer long with Friday morning concerts.
The New York-based morning shows of two major broadcast networks will go head to head all summer long with Friday morning concerts. Within the last week, ABC's "Good Morning America" and NBC's "Today" have announced lineups that include everyone from U2, the Backstreet Boys and Kanye West to Reba McEntire, Santana and Patti LaBelle.
The majority of both networks' concerts are held at outdoor Manhattan locations that are open to the public. NBC's performances are held in Rockefeller Plaza, a frequently utilized location just outside of the "Today" broadcast studio. In the case of ABC, whose “GMA” studio is located in bustling Times Square, the concerts are held a few blocks away in Bryant Park, behind the main branch of the New York Library.
Toyota is once again on board to sponsor the "Today" summer concert series, which is in its 10th year. Although the schedule currently extends only into early July, already confirmed are Neil Diamond (May 6), McEntire (May 13), Rob Thomas (May 20), Bryan Adams and Def Leppard (May 27), Black Eyed Peas (June 3), the Backstreet Boys (June 10), Hilary Duff (June 17) and Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire (July 1).
A May 10 Dave Matthews Band performance taped at a remote location and a June 21 James Taylor appearance in New York will break from the schedule for special Tuesday concerts. NBC promises additional performances will stretch the series into the early weeks of fall.
As previously reported, the "Good Morning America" concert slate will get underway May 20 with a U2 performance captured during a stop on the band's ongoing Vertigo tour. The band will also sit for an interview, and additional concert footage will air on the following day's weekend edition of the morning show.
The public concerts in Bryant Park launch May 27 with Rascal Flatts. The confirmed schedule features Shakira (June 3), Santana (June 10), Ringo Starr (June 17), Jesse McCartney (June 24), Patti LaBelle (July 1), Missy Elliott (July 8), West (July 15), Fantasia (July 22), Clay Aiken (July 29), Jessica Simpson (Aug. 5), Keith Urban (Aug. 12), Duff (Aug. 19) and Avril Lavigne (Aug. 26).
Although CBS's "The Early Show" has not tossed its hat into the ring with a concert series of its own, the Saturday edition of the program regularly features artist performances in its "Second Cup Cafe" segments. Recent performers include Frankie J and Ray LaMontagne, while the upcoming schedule includes Jo Dee Messina (April 30) and John Waite (May 7).