Published Jun 18, 2010The cancellation of Drake's free New York City show this past Tuesday (June 15) due to uncontrollable crowds has led city officials to revoke the permit for a surprise Jay-Z show that was to happen on Monday (June 21).
The New York Post reports that the concert, which was to feature Jay performing from atop the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater, was cancelled by the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.
"There was discussion of a concert, and ultimately it was decided there would be no permit," said Julianne Cho, spokeswoman for the office.
The show, according to a number of sources, was to happen only if it remained a secret, but when word leaked about the performance, officials feared a repeat of the Drake free performance fiasco.
"Many permits are granted on the condition that the event is not made public beforehand for capacity and security reasons," Cho said. "This event was made public."
The cancellation comes after weeks of planning and negotiations.
Jay-Z's performance would have followed similar shows by Phish, Audioslave and Paul McCartney, whose show last summer was kept secret until the morning of, when citizens noticed musical equipment being set up. Approximately 4,000 people showed up to watch McCartney perform.