Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve, announced that Melissa Etheridge will perform her new song, Uprising of Love, and a rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine during the 2014 Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration. A spectacular Chinese cultural performance featuring Kung Fu and a colorful fan dance will kick off the festivities at 6 p.m. EST. Etheridge’s new song was an inspiration for Uprising of Love, a movement she co-founded to support Russian organizations working for long-term change in the status and treatment of the LGBT community. Melissa Etheridge said, “It’s an honor to have the chance to sing one of the most iconic songs during such a magical, annual event in Time Square on New Year’s Eve. What an amazing and uplifting way to start 2014!”
The celebration will also feature an exclusive trailer of The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, featuring Times Square footage, at 10:50 p.m. Special New Year’s Eve video greetings from cast members, including Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, and the legendary Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man will be shown at the top of each hour. On New Year’s Eve, approximately one million revelers will fill New York City’s Times Square and more than one billion worldwide are expected to tune in on television for the historic Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.
“We are ringing in the new year with some of the biggest talent from 2013,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. “These performances at the Crossroads of the World will be a celebration of some of the best of pop culture.” “We are excited to have such amazing performers share the spotlight with the New Year’s Eve Ball as we ring in 2014,” said Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment.It’s an honor to have the chance to sing one of the most iconic songs during such a magical, annual event in Time Square on New Year’s Eve. What an amazing and uplifting way to start 2014!” ~ Melissa
Melissa joins the official event lineup featuring live performances by Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Blondie, Icona Pop, Jencarlos Canela, El Dasa and Rodney Atkins.