Another [artist id=”2545682″]Drake[/artist] show in New York has been nixed before the rapper even got a chance to take the stage. Drizzy was in talks to play a free outdoor show July 16 as part of ABC’s “Good Morning America” summer concert series. However, the Drake show has been squashed and the cast of Broadway’s “American Idiot” will fill the upcoming slot instead.
A spokesperson for ABC confirmed that a potential Drake show was in the works. “We were interested in having Drake perform, but he was never officially booked,” an ABC rep told MTV News. In addition, a spokesperson for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation told MTV News that concert organizers had simply decided to go with another act. “There was an open date on the calendar for July 16, but they decided to feature the cast of the Broadway show ’American Idiot,’ ” a rep said.
A rep for Drizzy also told the New York Daily News that there was a “booking in place” but did not offer any additional details.
Reports have surfaced indicating that safety might have been a factor in passing on Drizzy for a “GMA” appearance. According to the Daily News, the New York City Police Department pulled the plug on the planned show after the city’s parks department failed to provide the security that the NYPD deemed necessary for such an event. The parks department spokesperson did not confirm whether security issues were a factor in not moving forward with the Drake show.
The news comes in the wake of a Drake concert in NYC that was canceled June 15 when thousands of fans unexpectedly showed up. Drizzy was expected to perform a free show at New York’s South Street Seaport (pop group Hanson were also on the bill ), but the NYPD put the kibosh on the concert after roughly 10,000 fans swarmed the event.
Days later, Jay-Z also ran into issues mounting a concert on top of the marquee of New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater for an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman.” City officials axed the surprise concert once fans got wind of the show beforehand. However, Jigga — joined by Eminem — ultimately finagled an outdoor appearance and performed on the building’s roof . The MCs didn’t need a permit to rock out on the roof since it is private property.
Are you bummed that Drake won’t be on “Good Morning America”? Let us know in the comments.