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Clive Davis' Welcome Back NYC VIPs Demand Refund For Pricey Tickets After Lightning Forces Music Mogul To Cancel Star-Packed Show

Aug. 23 2021, Published 5:11 p.m. ET

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Clive Davis was forced to cancel his jam-packed Welcome Back NYC concert, and the people who paid hundreds of dollars for tickets are pissed.

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Radar has learned the VIPs are demanding a refund, with some paying up to $400 per ticket to get the best seats in the house for the star-studded event.

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The highly-anticipated show had performances from Jennifer Hudson, Paul Simon, Barry Manilow, Bruce Springsteen, and more scheduled but it was canceled midway through due to severe weather conditions.

Not only are the VIPs requesting they be refunded ASAP, but we're told the event cost the city millions in production costs, as did the travel and lodging prices for performers.

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Insiders tell Radar none of the artists got paid to perform, but all of their expenses were covered, including their private planes, transportation through the city, as well as hotel rooms and rehearsal costs.

Our sources reveal the security bill alone for the event was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range.

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After being forced to pull the plug on Clive's Welcome Back NYC show after lightning struck, we've learned the music mogul was begging the only artists backstage like The Killers, Elvis Costello, and Barry Manilow to do a private performance for the VIPs.

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We're told Patti Smith didn't hang around. Immediately after she learned the event wasn't happening, she headed straight to a steakhouse.

As for the show's closer Paul Simon, Radar has learned he never even arrived at the venue — and neither did Bruce Springsteen.

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Money wasn't just thrown around by VIPs and the city. We've learned that the night before the big event, Clive threw himself a celebration party at Tavern On The Green.

While we're sure no expense was spared at the ritzy restaurant, it's unclear who picked up the costs of his fancy soirée.

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The live event proved to be iconic in the first few minutes.

Jennifer Hudson wowed when she joined the NY philharmonic and belted out Nessun Dorma.

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Carlos Santana, LL Cool J, and Earth, Wind and Fire, were some of the acts whose performance was not affected by the lightning; however, right before Barry Manilow was set to hit the stage, the whole event fell by the wayside.

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