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Bon Jovi's September 5th 6 September 2002
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Bear with us as we sip from our very strong coffee to recap for you an AMAZING day in BON JOVI's career. Thursday, September 5th started out very, very early with JON BON JOVI and RICHIE SAMBORA's appearance on THE TODAY SHOW where they were interviewed by Katie Couric. From there, JON headed down to the financial district and rang the opening bell at the NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE. There were few hours midday for the guys to relax before they headed to the Marriott Marquis in NYC where they did interviews with a couple dozen radio stations who had come into town to broadcast for the event, and then did a 20 minute press conference. Then it was over to their dressings rooms to gear up. At 5:10, BON JOVI performed "IT'S MY LIFE" and then headed back to the dressing room until it was time to take the stage for the big performance. At 6:35 the band made their way to the stage and belted out "WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE" and "WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE" to wrap up the coverage that CBS was capturing (check out the one-hour primetime special that aires tonight, Sept. 6 at10pm ET on CBS as it will include those first 3 Bon Jovi songs...) Then, from 7-8pm, it was ALL Bon Jovi. Here's what they played: LIVIN' ON A PRAYER, YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME, BORN TO BE MY BABY, JUST OLDER, EVERYDAY, UNDIVIDED, BOUNCE, I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD, BAD MEDICINE and SHOUT. Then NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke to the crowd before BON JOVI finished the evening in the perfect note: They did a beautiful rendition of AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL as members of the NYPD and FDNY unfurled a gigantic American flag across Times Square. And then, it was off!!! The band rand off the stage into waiting vehicles and with a full police escort the dozen or so cars raced to the heliport. Then, the band flew from NYC via helicopter over to the landing pads at Giants Stadium and rushed into the lockerrooms set aside for them there.... they watched the NY Giants game from that vantage point, waiting for halftime. When halftime came, the band made their way to their stage in the endzone and were introduced by ESPN's Chris Berman: Football fans and Giants Stadium, New Jersey's Finest: BON JOVI!! The band performed EVERYDAY and took in yet another momentuous occassion at Giants Stadium for Bon Jovi before heading back to the dressing room. There was a meet & greet with contest winners from all over the world and then... they hit NYC to have some fun because they EARNED it. And now... they're heading to London. September 5th was all they had hoped it would be and more... (now if the Giants had only won!) Some things you maybe didn't know: Steve Young visited the band at their Giants Stadium dressing room. Richie Sambora caught up backstage with 'N Sync Member/RENT star Joey Fatone (Richie did a cameo in their movie, On The Line.) As a surprise, when Jon and Richie arrived at Giants Stadium, former New York Giants head coach and legend Bill Parcells was waiting to greet them. Access Hollywood had a crew at the heliport to interview Jon and Richie and capture the entire travelling party's helicopter departures to Giants Stadium (that will air TODAY so check your local listings for Access Hollywood.) Estimated number of people in Times Square? 500,000.

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