Sheryl Crow will be joined by some famous friends Sept. 14 for a free
concert in New York's Central Park.
Guitar hero Eric Clapton, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, Fleetwood
Mac singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks and singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan are confirmed to appear at "Sheryl Crow
and Friends," according to Gail Wasserman, a spokesperson for the concert's
sponsor, American Express. The show is intended to promote an
as-yet-unannounced new product from the company.
"[The new] product is designed for an audience that has a good demographic
for ... Sheryl Crow," Wasserman said.
The concert will be broadcast live on radio and the Fox television network.
It also will be webcast, according to a statement from the company.
American Express representatives will hand out 25,000 free tickets for
the show at various unspecified New York City locations beginning Wednesday,
according to the statement.
An advertisement for the concert also lists veteran rocker David Bowie
as a performer. A spokesperson for Bowie said Tuesday (Sept. 7)
the glam-rock icon will not appear.
American Express will make a $1 million contribution to the City Parks
Foundation, a New York City charity, in conjunction with the show,
according to Wasserman.
In June, Crow performed her most recent hit, "My Favorite Mistake"
excerpt), with Clapton at his benefit concert in New York's
Madison Square Garden.
The Pretenders, Crow and McLachlan toured together this summer on the
Lilith Fair, the music festival founded by McLachlan that celebrates women in rock.