I ran through the list of possibilities, whether or not they were my favorites or had the chops to perform at this major league event. Was Beyonce on the road perhaps or otherwise engaged, or maybe like Huey Lewis in the 80s at the Amnesty International benefit concert at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, he wanted more time than promoters would give him (though he later denied that) and therefore declined to play.
Cyndi Lauper, a natural selection for New York City was nowhere to be seen, maybe not an A lister but surely deserving of a song. Where was J.Lo and on what block?
There’s almost no artist who hasn’t paid some time and dues in New York and therefore could have been drafted as a New Yorker. Chrissie Hynde – a hard rocker if there ever was one; Joan Jett? Debbie Harry? Carole King? Bonnie Raitt for some musical authority would have worked. Someone with some estrogen please up on that stage. What were they thinking…the absence was notable with a capital N.
Also, while I’m observing, a tip of the hat to Ravi Shankar and recognition of his passing from this would would’ve been appropriate and respectful. Without Shankar’s urging , the first of all charity events like this one, Bangladesh, held at Madison Square Garden in 1971 with George Harrison at his side, would not have happened.