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It Saddens Me To Say It But Bon Jovi May Well be The Good Buys Of Rock And Roll

Did you ever see Warren Beatty’s movie “Heaven Can Wait”? Well, it’s a long story but the thing to keep in mind is Beatty tries to sell his stockholders on being the company of good guys!  Environmental friendly, so on and so forth.

The story comes to mind after hearing how Bon Jovi decided to perform a free concert on February 8th, 2013, after Superstorm Sandy had forced the gig at the Mohegan Sun to be cancelled. Jon onced dubbed himself CFO of Bon Jovi, Inc, but if he is, je is a Warren Beatty type. Time after time the damn man does the right thing.

At Mohegan Sun, the roads were closed and the gig was cancelled but the band were at the gambling rehearsing for their upcoming tour (I am seeing em at Metlife) and reports came in that the roads had been reopened at 4pm and some people had braved the weather. Also, there were the folks who had spent the weekend there for the show, and all kinds of guests and employees stranded.

Jon Bon Jovi, the CFO, decided to give a free concert for everybody at the complex and rhonor all tickets at an October 25th replacement gig.  As the band’s website noted: “The band performed … for snowed-in fans, patrons and employees alike. Bon Jovi recognizes how much preparation it takes for fans to attend a concert and they wanted to honor that the best way that they know how.”

This isn’t the first time I’ve been impressed by Jon’s action. I thought his response to his daughter’s drug problems was a model of intelligence and compassion and for the first, and maybe only, time ever, Bon Jovi’s smart as hell greatest hits set at “12-12-12” blew Springsteen off stage.

I don’t know  how Jon grew into this man, he even writes the occasional good song, it is amazing. He just has good instincts and an ego close enough to being in check for a man of his stature and he does the right thing way too often.

Sure, he charges fans $2,000 for a folding chair and the opportunity to shake hands with a roadie BUT he goes on stage at a reasonable time, doesn’t overdo the new album, and takes his responsibility as a rock icon with more pride than bruce has done this century. At least he isn’t a shill for the Democratic Party.

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