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Bon Jovi draws 60,000 at Central Park concert 13 July 2008
Newsday article

Source: Newsday

Invoking the specter of other musical giants who have played on Central Park's Great Lawn - Simon and Garfunkel, Luciano Pavarotti, Barbra Streisand - even Jon Bon Jovi himself seemed to be "Livin' on a Prayer" with 60,000 die-hard fans gushing for him.

"Not too many people have ever done it," he said. "What a way to end up. We started 10 nights ago in New Jersey. We end up with the biggest show in New York on the Great Lawn."

Frantic concertgoers sung along to every word as the band belted songs such as their iconic "You Give Love a Bad Name ."

And Bon Jovi was to blame - as the fans gave their love for him a good name, holding aloft banners adorned with the band's album covers and soaking in the musical blades of glory for the estimated two-hour show.

Jacob Fleitman, 25, was the first person waiting in line for the concert, arriving at 6 p.m. Friday. "I'm a die-hard Bon Jovi fan," said Fleitman, of Roosevelt Heights. "My wife is a bigger fan. She made me wait on line."


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