GRAMMY-winning artist Meghan Trainor will light up the New York City skyline with an Empire State Building music-to-light show on “Friends Day” for the world premiere of her cover of the Friends theme song, “I’ll Be There for You,” on Sunday, September 22, at 8:30 p.m. ET — the exact time Friends debuted on September 22, 1994. In addition, the song will be synced live on iHeartMedia’s Z100, New York’s #1 hit music station, at the same time. Following its exclusive premiere on Z100, the song will be available to download on iTunes and other digital retailers beginning at Midnight Eastern Time on September 23.
The 103-story world-famous building is one of eight of the world’s tallest and most iconic landmarks to be illuminated in the familiar red, yellow and blue primary colors of the Friends logo. The can’t-miss light show at The Empire State Building is designed by lighting designer Marc Brickman and is timed to Trainor’s version of the Friends theme song. The Empire State Building tower lights will shine from dusk until 2 a.m.
“I can’t believe Warner Bros. asked me to do this,” said Meghan Trainor. “I’m so honored! I’m so excited that I get to be a part of celebrating such a legendary and iconic show like Friends!”
Below is a complete list of participating locations that will light up around the world at 8:30 p.m. (the time the series debuted on September 22, 1994) local time:
Burj Khalifa – Dubai (UAE): The world’s tallest building will receive a Friends-inspired LED light-show takeover, designed by BARTKRESA studio. There will also be a custom water fountain show, designed by WET Design, set to the series theme song.
The London Eye –– London (UK): The popular attraction will feature one custom Friends-themed capsule takeover, complete with the orange Central Perk couch.
The Empire State Building –– New York (USA): Visitors to the Observation Deck can also snap a picture with the show’s orange couch September 21–22.
Willis Tower –– Chicago (USA): Stop by the Skydeck on September 21 and 22 to see the Central Perk couch up close.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome –– New Orleans (USA): Visitors to nearby Jackson Square can visit the legendary orange sofa, from September 19–22.
Reunion Tower –– Dallas (USA): The Central Perk sofa will be on display on the Observation Deck from September 16–30.
AT&T Headquarters –– Dallas (USA): Starting at sunset on September 22, the Friends colors will illuminate AT&T’s Whitaker Tower in a dynamic light show as perfect as Monica and as cool as Joey.
U.S. Bank Tower –– Los Angeles (USA): Visitors can head to OUE Skyspace LA from September 16–22 for picture-perfect moment on the orange couch.