photos by Ryan Muir

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

A sea of 60,000 fans eagerly greeted, cheered and sang along with superstar band Bon Jovi as the group hosted a free concert in New York's Central Park Saturday night that could be seen -- and heard -- several blocks away.

With the lights of the city's skyscrapers looming beyond the park, the New Jersey band rocked in the first free performance on the Great Lawn since the Dave Matthews Band graced the concert site five years ago. Bon Jovi gave ABC News exclusive backstage access before the show, to talk about what it meant to them to perform on the site that Simon and Garfunkel made famous with their 1981 performance there. [ABC News]

I doubt many people reading this could care less about Bon Jovi (except maybe from a nostalgic childhood point of view), but this was a huge event, so we figured we might as well take some pictures. More of what Ryan saw, below...

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

Bon Jovi in Central Park

The show (July 12, 2008) started at 8pm and ended promptly at 10. It was a Bon Jovi concert. He/they played Bon Jovi songs. Ryan pointed out that though the show was free (for those who didn't pay scalpers), water was $5.00.