Bon Jovi Angers New Yorkers by Playing Politics With Concert Dates
Some New York music fans are crying foul after Jon Bon Jovi abruptly canceled an upcoming appearance at the New York State Fair but kept a date to play a fundraiser for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Bon Jovi was originally slated to perform at the fair on Aug. 28 for an expected crowd of 17,000 people. His agent signed the $650,000 deal, but on July 30, a lawyer for New York's Department of Agriculture & Markets requested the contract be withdrawn -- a move that could cost the state more than $1 million in lost ticket sales and other revenue.
Bon Jovi will, however, play for a much smaller crowd -- 100 people, give or take -- at a private fundraiser for Gov. Cuomo on Aug. 25, where the cost of admission is a minimum of $1,000 per person and "priority seating" will run five Gs. And a whole lotta people are a whole lotta pissed about it.
"The contract was pulled at the request of the band for scheduling conflicts," said Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi. A Bon Jovi rep echoed that. Meanwhile, insiders reportedly said the cancellation was "to avoid anyone seeing a conflict in ... playing a private show for the governor and then three days later being paid $650,000 to perform at the fair."
Regardless of the reason, New Yorkers are not happy. Bon Jovi would have been a huge draw at the struggling state fair, so residents think that if the band can play only one of the two gigs, Cuomo should back down and insist the group play at the fair instead.
"[While] the chance to watch the types of people who attend $1,000-a-plate fundraisers rockin' out to Bon Jovi is almost worth the price of admission, the governor ought to backpedal here," read an editorial. "He should direct folks to do what they can to get Bon Jovi on the state fair Grandstand on Aug. 28."