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Party-it-up fans were there for Bon Jovi 20 December 2005
NJ shows article

Source: Asbury Park Press

If you were looking for the biggest party in the parking lot at Monday night's Bon Jovi concert, all you had to do was follow the seagulls.

The gulls enjoyed the leftovers spilled by the more than two dozen Bon Jovi fans who gathered in lot 21 of Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford. The tailgate party spread over 4 1/2 parking spaces.

Brian Thompson, 21, of Paramus, began closing down the party shortly before 8 p.m. He folded card tables and surveyed the mess.

"C'mon guys," he said. "It's getting near time."

Thompson and at last count 29 of his closest friends began partying about 4 p.m. Full of beer and burgers, the crew was ready to rock. None of them had minded the cold.

"Yeah, who cares," Thompson said, dismissing the December chill. "We do it up before the Bon Jovi show."

A more intimate, but no less enthusiastic, party took place a few rows away. Kirk Johnson, 23, of Woodbridge, and Nicole Golden and Kari Hoppaugh, both 21 and of Flemington, toasted Bon Jovi with cold beer and a loud stereo system.

They'd been fans of Bon Jovi practically since they were born, and still preferred the old-school stuff from their early childhood '80s hits from Bon Jovi's breakthrough albums, "Slippery When Wet" and "New Jersey."

Still, they said, they respected the new material, too, including Bon Jovi's latest, "Have A Nice Day."

"I like how they're all about New Jersey," Golden said.

"We're just a couple of Jersey girls, what can we say?" Hoppaugh added.

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