Big Cypress was a new year's event at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in Florida, 12/30/99 to 1/1/00. The three-day event had two days of shows, each with two sets, the second of the second show lasting from midnight until dawn.
The first day featured an afternoon set and two night-time sets; the second day featured an afternoon set and a seven-hour-plus, midnight-to-sunrise set. (Sunrise was about 7:11 a.m..) Tickets were $150 until 11/30, then $175, and many counterfeits. Advance estimates for attendance ranged from 50K to 100K; 60K tickets were initially allotted; over 50K have already been sold and 15K additional were released in late November (according to Addicted to Noise, 11/25/99); an estimated 80K showed up. ABC aired part of the event (planned as approx. 5 minutes at around 12:50 a.m. EST, but aired as approx 4 minutes at around 330 am), hosted by Peter Jennings.
The 23-hour ABC New Year's global show -- 5 a.m.-4 a.m. -- has just added Elton John. Producer Gary Smith will tape him a day earlier at the Mack Arena in Las Vegas, so Elton can be seen at primetime during the New Year's Eve show. Billy Joel will be live from Madison Square Garden. Also live Faith Hill from Nashville, Barry Manilow from Foxwood, Phish from the Seminole Indian Reservation in Florida, Blondie on the beach in Miami. Enrique Iglesias will be taped Thursday in Madison Square Garden.
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