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'Today' is licensed to rock

by jmaloni
Fri, May 6th 2011 04:45 pm

"Today" gets its license to rock this summer and marks 16 years of bringing together the biggest, boldest names in music. This year's "Toyota Concert Series on Today" kicks off Friday, May 27, with the original "Good Girl Gone Bad," Rihanna. In her fourth "Today" summer concert, the three-time Grammy award winner and international superstar will heat up Rockefeller Plaza once again.

The "Toyota Concert Series on Today" continues its tradition of bringing "Today" viewers the hottest hit-making artists in the industry. This year's concert series features breakout artists Zac Brown Band and Blake Shelton in their first-ever appearance on "Today." On July 29, iconic rock band Journey will play their legendary hits for their first-ever appearance on "Today." And ladies of the world will rejoice on June 3 as not one, but two heartthrob boy bands rock the Plaza - New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys come together only on "Today."

The following is a list of concerts scheduled to date. All concerts are Friday performances unless otherwise noted.


  • May 27: Rihanna


  • June 2: "American Idol" winner and runner-up (special Thursday performance)
  • June 3: New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys
  • June 10: The Script
  • June 17: Kenny Chesney
  • June 24: Bruno Mars


  • July 1: Pitbull featuring T-Pain and Ne-Yo
  • July 8: Blake Shelton
  • July 15: Chris Brown
  • July 22: Cee Lo Green
  • July 29: Journey


  • Aug. 5: Maroon 5
  • Aug. 12: Zac Brown Band
  • Aug. 19: Enrique Iglesias
  • Aug. 26: Train


  • Sept. 2: Lenny Kravitz

Additional performances may be announced throughout the season.

Fans and visitors are encouraged to join "Today" on the plaza for the live performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside "Today's" Studio 1A, located at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

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