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|Bon Jovi reschedules stadium date, announces opener
If you're holding a ticket for Bon Jovi's announced July 24 date at MetLife Stadium, clear your weekend. The show has been moved to Saturday, July 27. In a press release, the band blamed the switch on scheduling considerations. The band's second show at the stadium remains set for July 25. Tickets sold for the 24th will be honored on the the 27th.
No matter how it's framed, a scheduling shuffle is always an inconvenience for fans. Perhaps to compensate, Bon Jovi released some legitimately good news along with the bad: the J. Geils Band will open both concerts, giving fans a reason to show up early. The Massachusetts combo, which stars charismatic vocalist Peter Wolf, inventive organist Seth Justman, and flashy harmonica player Magic Dick, has long been one of America's best answers to the Rolling Stones. The early hard-rocking J. Geils Band records unquestionably exerted influence on the then-developing musicians in Bon Jovi. By the '80s, the J. Geils Band had made peace with new wave, and no classic rock group adapted to those changes any more gracefully. "Freeze Frame," the band's 1981 set, contained the No. 1 single "Centerfold," a Justman-penned song about a grown man encountering an image of his high school sweetheart in a porn magazine.
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