*The Black Eyed Peas have rescheduled their “Concert 4 NYC” to Sept. 30 after lightening in June forced organizers to cancel the Central Park event, Will.I.Am announced on Wednesday.
The Black Eyed Peas singer and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a joint news conference to unveil the new date and tell the 54,000 ticket holders to the benefit concert that they could now claim new tickets.
“I don’t know where to begin to tell you how proud I am to be performing here at Central Park for our rescheduled date,” band member Will.I.Am said, “And how sad I was when it got canceled because of lightning.”
The Central Park event will benefit Robin Hood, a poverty-focused charity in New York City and fund the creation of three new sites for The Black Eyed Peas’ Peapod Music and Arts Academies, which cater to disadvantaged and foster children.
The site of the show, Central Park’s 55-acre Great Lawn, is where Diana Ross held her iconic rain-soaked concert on July 21, 1983.
“There’s nothing quite like a concert in central park,” Bloomberg said.