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BON JOVI Rock the Olympics!! 26 February 2002
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BON JOVI took the global stage at the CLOSING CEREMONIES for the 2002 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES last night at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH as part of the celebration to commemorate the official end of the competition. Following performances by N'SYNC, KISS, Harry Connick, Jr, Moby, Christina Aguilera, it was BON JOVI that brought down the house. BON JOVI were the grand finale to the Closing Ceremonies, performing their worldwide anthem IT'S MY LIFE. Jon Bon Jovi wrapped himself in the American flag while performing the song, watching Olympic athletes dancing and singing along in the crowd. Following BON JOVI's performance, more than 10,000 fireworks went off in one of the largest pyrotechnic displays ever in the United States. While the international broadcast of the show ended on a high note with BON JOVI's performance, many markets in the U.S. went directly into their local late-night news before returning to MORE footage of the Closing Ceremonies. Those within viewing range watch BON JOVI kick-off the recap footage with a performance of YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME, featuring a guest appearance by former San Francisco 49r quarterback STEVE YOUNG providing additional vocals on the chorus. All in all, BON JOVI were the perfect ambassadors for the U.S. (their homeland) to the rest of the world (where so many of their fans reside.)

Some things you maybe didn't know about the trip:
Did you know Jon and Richie flew in on a private jet from LA? And that they were required to stop in Las Vegas for a security check before even being allowed to fly into the Salt Lake City area? Did you know that Tico's drumkit was custom-made and is now up for auction on Ebay? Did you kmow that Steve Young has hung out with the band before? He was backstage before and after the concert in San Jose in April 2001 and watched the whole concert from the side of the stage that night? Did you know he's in the Wanted Dead or Alive 2001? Did you know that the next Summer Olympics are going to be in Athens, Greece (the home of the original Olympics) in 2004? Did you know that the next Winter Olympics are going to be in Torino, Italy in 2006?

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