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Bon Jovi

"MAYOR BLOOMBERG & MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ANNOUNCE THE CONCERT EVENT OF THE YEAR"

FREE BON JOVI CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK TO BE PRESENTED BY BANK OF AMERICA
DURING MLB ALL-STAR SUMMER

Tickets Available at Yankee Stadium, Other NY-Area Ballparks and MLB.com on July 2

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was joined by Jon Bon Jovi today as the City, Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Tim Brosnan and Brian Moynihan, President, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America, announced that Major League Baseball and New York City will host a free concert by Bon Jovi, the Grammy-winning band whose current Lost Highway World Tour is the top-selling tour in the world. The historic concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park on Saturday, July 12th at 8 p.m. will be in celebration of Major League Baseball All-Star Summer in New York City. Bank of America, the official bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the concert, which will take place three days before Major League Baseball's All-Star Game during the last year of Yankee Stadium.

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta also joined the announcement, held in the Blue Room at City Hall.

Beginning Wednesday, July 2nd, tickets will be distributed at baseball parks and events throughout New York City. The bulk of tickets distributed at the ballparks will be found at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, with others made available at Shea Stadium in Queens, KeySpan Park in Brooklyn, and at the home of the Staten Island Yankees at 9 a.m. In addition, tickets also will be available in Manhattan at DHL All-Star FanFest at the Jacob K. Javits Center on Friday, July 11. MLB.com also will be conducting a random drawing for tickets.

A ticket is required to attend the concert. Go to MLB.com for more information about the concert.

"All-Star Summer is set to hit New York City in a few weeks, and the lineup of festivities just added another future hall-of-famer in Bon Jovi," said Mayor Bloomberg. "The free concert in Central Park is going to help make this year's All-Star Summer a celebration to remember. The 2008 All-Star Game will pay tribute to the storied history of Yankee Stadium, and Bon Jovi will help us ensure it goes out in a blaze of glory, hopefully a blaze in late October."

"Major League Baseball wants All-Star Summer to be the ultimate celebration for baseball fans in New York City," said Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball. "A free concert in Central Park featuring one of the biggest rock bands in the world will reach tens of thousands of fans and put an exclamation point on the week's many fan festivities. Bank of America has been a critical part of making this major event in New York City happen and we value our partnership."

"The All-Star Game is an electrifying celebration of Major League Baseball, and truly a unique event for the entire family," said Brian Moynihan, President, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America. "As a proud sponsor of Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees, Bank of America is thrilled to be part of New York's Midsummer Classic festivities, creating opportunities for fans to connect to the game of baseball and share in the excitement of the All-Star Game experience."

Bank of America will promote the concert and offer ticket giveaways through radio promotions in the tri-state area. Additional concert supporting partners including MLB sponsors Aquafina, Sharp and Taco Bell will be distributing tickets through radio sweepstakes, promotional giveaways and in-store programs.

In the event of inclement weather as deemed by the Parks Department, the concert will be cancelled. If it is raining and fans are unsure about the status of the concert, they can call 311 for information or visit MLB.com.

"This concert is the perfect exclamation to all the festivities and events that have been planned around Yankee Stadium's final All-Star farewell," said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta. "MLB All-Star Summer and Bon Jovi playing Central Park are just a few examples of all the things there are to see and do around the City - not only this summer, but year long - and proves once again that New York City is the best destination to host world-class, high profile events."

"Live music and Central Park go together like baseball and hot dogs," said Parks Commissioner Benepe. "This concert helps celebrate the past, present and future of Major League Baseball in New York City. Bon Jovi's music, delivered free to the fans in an historic park setting, is an appropriate tribute to Yankee Stadium and the MLB All-Star Summer."

The concert is one of many special events that will be held as part of the All-Star festivities. Fans will also be able to attend DHL All-Star FanFest, an interactive baseball theme park, from July 11-15 at the Jacob K. Javits Center and the All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade presented by Chevy on July 15 on Sixth Avenue from 40 Street to 58 Street, which will feature both All-Star teams and nearly 50 Hall of Famers including Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra and Willie Mays.
As part of its ongoing efforts to make All-Star Week more environmentally friendly, Major League Baseball is teaming up with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to help keep the Great Lawn green. More than 40 NRDC "Green Team Recycling" volunteers will comb the concert crowd to collect recyclables and encourage fans to pitch in. Sims Metal Management and Aquafina will also be supporting the effort by providing recycling bins on site.

Bon Jovi has set the bar for more than two decades as one of the most successful rock bands in the world. Globally, they have sold more than 120 million albums and performed more than 2,500 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 32 million fans. The Grammy-winning band's latest album, LOST HIGHWAY debuted at #1 around the world and the resulting Lost Highway World Tour is the top-selling tour around the world to date according to Billboard and Pollstar.

New York City's parks have enjoyed a long history as public squares, where people gather for events ranging from orchestral concerts to world leaders. At Central Park's historic Great Lawn, Park regulations limit the number of large events (over 5,000) to six per year, in order to keep the lawn verdant and welcoming for all users. Many groups apply for annual large-scale events in Central Park through the public permit process, including the Marathon and the AIDS Walk. In Central Park, New Yorkers have experienced rock concerts from Simon and Garfunkel and Garth Brooks as well as visits by renowned spiritual leaders Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama. Most recently, Central Park's Great Lawn has played host to the Metropolitan Opera, the Dave Matthews Band, and the New York Philharmonic. The concert by Bon Jovi will continue the City's tradition of providing an evening of free entertainment in New York's storied outdoor venue.

PREVIOUSLY: The Police's final concert will be @ Madison Square Garden

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Comments (73)

okay

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 12:42 AM

That was sarcasm by the way - bon jovi sucks.

Posted by howard p. flochango | July 1, 2008 1:00 AM

...and a whopping 57% said they would kick Bon Jovi square in the balls if given the opportunity.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 1:00 AM

The people who are about to bash Bon Jovi are going to be the first ones on line at Keyspan waiting to get tickets.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:01 AM

why are you using a picture of jennifer aniston?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:20 AM

"The people who are about to bash Bon Jovi are going to be the first ones on line at Keyspan waiting to get tickets."

O RLY?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:34 AM

Look on the bright side, hipster dudes: COUGARS!

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:37 AM

Hopefully all the guidos and hipsters kill each other at this concert, ridding this city of all the extraneous, economy-draining elements once and for all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:25 AM

7800 fahrenheit forever

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 4:01 AM

"MAYOR BLOOMBERG & MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ANNOUNCE THE CONCERT EVENT OF THE YEAR"

the year: 1986

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 5:14 AM

It's safe to say that I don't give a shit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 7:44 AM

Jon Bon 4evah!!!

Posted by JWeir | July 1, 2008 7:49 AM

then why are you commenting?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 7:49 AM

What a homo...

Posted by Matt | July 1, 2008 8:58 AM

Bon Jovi sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:00 AM

You know something? It's easy to bash this guy from our little blogger world perspective, but here's a little nugget that may just blow your minds:

He's seen a million faces -- and he's rocked them ALL.

Posted by greg | July 1, 2008 9:06 AM

The concert should be fun. I went to the Garth Brooks concert many years ago, although I didn't know any of his music, and the crowd was fun.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:11 AM

"He's seen a million faces -- and he's rocked them ALL."

Huh?

Fuck Bon Jovi

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:19 AM

Bon Jovi gives hair metal a bad name!

Posted by Blackie Lawless | July 1, 2008 9:32 AM

will Tico Torres be there?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:45 AM

Anyone else kinda pumped to get dressed up straight 80's style, get REAL fucked up, hang out on the Great Lawn and get really into it, just for laughs? I'm already practicing my fist pump for this one.

Posted by Drugs Delaney | July 1, 2008 9:46 AM

Whether or not you like his music, Jon Bon Jovi is

-benevolent to charities and causes

-talented

-better looking

-wealthier

basically, more personally (and definitely more professionally successful) than most anyone here will ever be in a combined lifetime.

And you loser Midwestern and southern hipsters (if your small towns were so great you'd stay there) and jerks even from Long Island, who have relocated to and turned Old World NYC neighborhoods like Lower East Side, Williamsburg and Astoria in to slacker shitholes where old timers can no longer afford to live and can't find work, you all ate this Bon Jovi stuff up before Daddy could buy you a facade of cool by wasting money on dumps like NYU and SVA just so you could "work" at record companies that are dropping employees like flies in the heat and at Urban Outfitters, and you only discovered indie bands because of A & R signings you couldn't avoid hearing about and in store soundtracks you couldn't avoid listening to, go fuck yourselves in Macy's window.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:48 AM

bummer. same night as Alkaline Trio.

Posted by Willie Randolph | July 1, 2008 9:56 AM

Same night as Damon Albarn too. I will only be 10 blocks away!

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:11 AM

if dan deacon or girl talk were to use bon jovi in one of their mixes, all the cooler-than-thou twits would run all over their bushwick lofts, yelling to any of the 8 roommates who might be home about how awesome it is that someone mashed up bon jovi and lil wayne or whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:19 AM

this is going to be awesome. all you hipsters need to shut the fuck up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:23 AM

Yes, 10:19, I'll be sure to keep an ear out for that on all of those mixes that Dan Deacon releases. At this point "Dan Deacon" is just like a meaningless curse word on this website. Some of you guys are such morons.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:25 AM

I don't see any info on the mlb site about how to get tickets yet..

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:52 AM

jon bon jovi is a clown and his homies are clowns too... it's not that hard to make people swoon. all it takes is a little snake oil, rough hewn cheekbones and some tight leather pants. he could fart on a snare drum and new jersey would still proclaim him to be the second coming of paul anka or sinatra or bruce or something.

dan deacon's best hope is to become a swear word.

bushwick sucks too. fuck it. the whole place.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:54 AM

"In the event of rain the concert will be cancelled."

HA HA HA HA HA

How ridiculous.

Pretty much every other outdoor summer show goes on around this town in a downpour. It rains all through many shows. Freaking Lightening hit the Jones Beach theater and they didn't cancel the Modest Mouse/REM show.

A little water and they are afraid Bob Jovi's hair will get messed up.

What pussies,

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:55 AM

i'm interested in this, could be fun. BV keep us posted on links to tix!

Posted by anon | July 1, 2008 11:45 AM

bash Bon Jovi all you want but layoff Bushwick

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 12:24 PM

I am so getting some MomTang at this show!

Posted by Jonesboogie, Rawkansas | July 1, 2008 12:38 PM

"this is going to be awesome. all you hipsters need to shut the fuck up. "

plz, if yer reading this blog yer basically calling yerself one.

stfu before i bash yer fidora in with a taco, in line, on the way to daft punk @ santo's party house right now.

Sent from my iPhone

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 1:40 PM

Obviously, Dan Deacon mixes are my personal litmus test of what's cool musically. I am counting the seconds till he samples the Eagles so I can finally start listening to Don Henley's sexy voice again.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 1:47 PM

let's not lose sight of what's important here: Tommy used to work on the dock.

Posted by Gina | July 1, 2008 1:52 PM

BJ haters: you give love a bad name. (all puns intended.)

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 1:54 PM

Whoa, nobody here has anything against great Blow J's...

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:41 PM

anyone who calls a blowjob a "Blow J" has either never received a good one, or gives bad ones.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 2:46 PM

The show has been moved from Central Park to Six Flags. You get $15 off the price of admission with a can of Coke.

Posted by Donkey Boner Jr | July 1, 2008 2:49 PM

where can u get the tickets for bon jovi from

Posted by janet harison | July 1, 2008 2:57 PM

hello i love my life it is rlly kool i hav txting and a cell fone a tvs in my house i luv it oh yeah bon jovi is rlly kool i wuz at his concert 6 times he rlly noes how to put on a show

Posted by janet harison | July 1, 2008 2:59 PM

This Bon Jovi boy is very popular with the ladies over at www.millionaireswithcoifs.com

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:19 PM

Did anyone else try to win the free tix on CW 11 this morning? Did you get them? I still haven't found out if I did but I'm wondering if they've announced it to anyone yet if they got the tix!

If anyone knows if they've announced it to the ticket winners yet, please let me know!

Posted by Lauren in NY | July 1, 2008 3:56 PM

did anyone else try to win his house on MTV ?

Posted by Gina | July 1, 2008 4:00 PM

Dan Deacon is the zenith of what music should be. everyone else is just playing in his sandbox.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 4:07 PM

9:48, you sound really insane. serious issues.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 5:38 PM

Anon 5:38, I don't know who 9:48 is, but I know this much .... if you think you are "normal," just remember what the good Dr. Freud said .... the normal are not detectably sane. Healthy people do not bother replying to such posts with attempts at verbal insult and, which is what you did. A healthy person would have offered good advice, which is what follows here for you.

Running a basic trace on your info, revealed your complete name, address, home, mobile and work numbers etc.

From your numbers came your public records, as well as some private records.

Of these private records, it would appear that your family's pharmacy records, including your own, reveal prescriptions for certain medications that place you and some of them in the same boat you've accused 9:48 of riding in.

Now, you have a good evening and remember to be compliant with your meds, and strap yourself in tight to your cuckoo's nest.

Say hi to the family.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 6:47 PM

anyone get the new iphone?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 8:15 PM

for anyone who cares, and this wouldn't be me, the tickets are on sale tomorrow at 9 on ticketmaster, but require a password. not sure what the passsword is.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1D0040DD87342773?artistid=1235629&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 8:48 PM

sorry... the link is actually going to be this, but i still don't have the password:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1D0040DD87342773?artistid=1235629&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&did=aeglive

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:04 PM

the password is JBJFANTIX

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 2:05 AM

6:47--you're really fucking insane.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:52 AM

sorry, but I think 9:48 was funny.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 6:35 AM

but 9:48 lost points with the unneccessary last sentence.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 6:38 AM

password didn't work

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 9:05 AM

JBJFANTIX isn't working as the password

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 9:06 AM

"

"In the event of rain the concert will be cancelled."

HA HA HA HA HA

How ridiculous.

Pretty much every other outdoor summer show goes on around this town in a downpour. It rains all through many shows. Freaking Lightening hit the Jones Beach theater and they didn't cancel the Modest Mouse/REM show.

A little water and they are afraid Bob Jovi's hair will get messed up.

What pussies,
"

The REM show was a paid concert, that couldn't be rescheduled. $$$ would have been lost if it was cancelled, so they staggered on. This show is a freebie, a promotional gig to tie in with the all star game. Doesn't make sense to reschedule.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 9:10 AM

whats the pass word

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 9:23 AM

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 9:34 AM

Some were sold yesterday- how the hell were they selling them before they were even available?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 9:37 AM

the password is go to hell and die. it gets posted here, a wrong one at that, and it ends up on a bunch of presale blogs for pay.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 9:37 AM

it's working now!

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 10:16 AM

actually, I was wrong. password works, its the website that was having problems. works now. thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 10:21 AM

JBJFANTIX

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 10:40 AM

just picked up two. when it sells out, i hope my 40 year old sugar daddy will pony up the cash!

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 10:48 AM

got my tickets ... can't wait. say what you will about bon jovi, but his music is catchy and on a hot summer day it should really be fun. i personally enjoy mixing it up and getting away from the mccarren crowd every once in a while.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 10:50 AM

I miss the band.

Posted by Alec John Such | July 2, 2008 6:14 PM

me, too. robbie robertson and levon helm and the guys were soo good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2008 1:17 AM

Me and my bros love nothing more than throwing back some cold ones and singin' "Livin' On a Prayer."

Posted by Chip McNeely | July 3, 2008 2:10 AM

why all the hatin' on bonjovi???? what did he do to u?

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2008 10:29 PM

Butt Metal lives.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2008 11:30 PM

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