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Springsteen Stands By Jon Bon Jovi, Joan Jett At Benefit 20 October 2001
"Alliance of Neighbors" show-related article from MTV


RED BANK, New Jersey Bruce Springsteen jammed with Joan Jett, country-rocker Joe Ely and a few of Elvis Presley's Sun Records contemporaries during a Thursday-night rock menagerie that raised money for local families affected by the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Local residents Jon Bon Jovi and filmmaker Kevin Smith also participated in the benefit for the Alliance of Neighbors of Monmouth County. The same musicians will return to the Count Basie Theatre on Friday (October 19) for the second of two shows.

Jon Bon Jovi performed a solemn acoustic version of "Livin' on a Prayer" with members of his band and a gospel choir during his short yet poignant set. He remarked that he feels "incredibly proud to be from New Jersey" after traveling the country following the attacks.

"It's a privilege to play for my neighbors in my backyard," said Bon Jovi, who wore a cowboy hat and brown jacket with stars and stripes.

After Bon Jovi's set, which included a cover of Dion's "Abraham, Martin and John," show MC Kevin Smith, the Red Bank-born filmmaker, quipped, "You really think he's seen a million faces and rocked them all?"

It was a night of interesting couplings and often-magical musical moments.


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