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Big-name stars in NY performed on New Year's Eve

01 january 2012, 18:59
workers install the Waterford crystals on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball in New York. ©REUTERS/Mike Segar
workers install the Waterford crystals on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball in New York. ©REUTERS/Mike Segar
Pop diva Lady Gaga, tenor Placido Domingo and rock veterans Chuck Berry and Patti Smith joined a star-studded lineup to ring in the new year Saturday in New York, AFP reports.

As with every December 31, the main celebration was held at Times Square in the heart of Manhattan, where more than a million people gathered to watch the New Year's crystal ball drop at the stroke of midnight.

The party, first held in 1908, is one of the biggest in the world to ring in the new year.

Lady Gaga and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg pressed the button that drops the giant glittering ball at one minute before midnight.

Ahead of midnight, the indefatigable Berry, now 85, performed at a club near Times Square, while rocker Smith gave three concerts on the Lower East side of Manhattan.

Domingo, 70, performed at The Metropolitan Opera, while the New York Philharmonic offered a concert at the Lincoln Center.

Separately, a local company was making a big splash by selling a patch it claims can prevent hangovers.

The "Bytox Hangover Prevention Remedy" is an "all-natural specially-formulated" patch containing "a powerful blend of antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids." Bytox claims the ingredients "have been shown to reduce and prevent hangovers."

If the patch works, it may help save lives: according to the New York Department of Health, alcohol-related emergency department visits more than double on New Year's Day compared to the daily average.

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