Concerts, but no ball drop, on TV for overseas troops
Troops overseas won’t be able to watch the ball drop in Times Square on AFN on Monday, but they will get a host of musical performances to help ring in the new year.
AFN Spectrum will air a block of concert films on New Year’s Eve as special holiday programming. Several of the performances premiered in movie theaters in recent months, pieced together from previous live concerts.
The first, Celine Dion’s “New Day,” will air beginning 7 p.m. in Germany and Japan (9 p.m. in Iraq, 10:30 p.m. in Afghanistan) and features footage from the finale concert of her five-year stint in Las Vegas.
The second, from Beyonce’s recent concert tour, features performances by Jay-Z, Lyfe Jennings, Kelly Rowland, Sunshine Anderson, Michelle Williams, T57, Trent Willmon, Billy Joe Shaver and James McMurtry.
It begins at 9 p.m. in Germany and Japan (11 p.m. in Iraq, 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1 in Afghanistan) and finishes just as local clocks strike midnight.
And Garth Brooks “One Artist, Once City, One Time” live show — broadcast in theaters in the U.S. and Canada in November — will air starting at 12 a.m. Jan. 1 in Germany and Tokyo. (2 a.m. in Iraq, 3:30 a.m. in Afghanistan).
The evening of music wraps up with footage from the Eagles Australia tour at 2 a.m. in Germany and Tokyo (4 a.m. in Iraq, 5:30 a.m. in Afghanistan).
The concerts could present a problem for airmen stationed overseas: No matter what station, the shows conflict with parts of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, pitting Air Force against California.
That game will air New Year’s Eve on AFN Sports at 6:30 p.m. in Germany (8:30 p.m. in Iraq, 10 p.m. in Afghanistan, 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1 in Tokyo).