Bon Jovi announces free Central Park concert
Bon Jovi fans rejoice! The New Jersey band is joining a long list of rock legends who give free concerts in New York City's Central Park.
Bon Jovi made the announcement yesterday and said that the show will be billed as an "All-Star Concert in Central Park." If history is any guide, those stars in the concert's title will be huge.
Sheryl Crow gave a free show in Central Park and recorded it for a fantastic CD. Check out our interview with Sheryl.Her guest list included Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and the Dixie Chicks.
Bon Jovi's Central Park show's timing is also very much deliberate. The famed (and fantastic) New York Yankees are hosting this year's All-Star game at Yankee Stadium on July 15 and the quintessential New York area rockers were a perfect choice to be the featured Central Park concert.
Past Central Park concerts have attracted over 800,000 people to witness the famous reunion of Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John, Dave Matthews and the legendary Diana Ross live televised performance in a torrential downpour that proved that the show always goes on.
Jon Bon Jovi, standing next to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, summed up the emotions surrounding their historic July 12 concert.
"We've gotten the chance to bookend what is the most successful tour in the world this year with a free concert for anyone in New York," Jon said at the news conference. "I just traveled the world again, and New York is still the greatest city in the world."