Report: Bon Jovi Bails On The NY State Fair, Still Playing Cuomo Fundraiser
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Report: Bon Jovi Bails On The NY State Fair, Still Playing Cuomo Fundraiser
Bon Jovi is in hot water with some local fans after the band backed out of its upcoming New York State Fair concert -- but only days earlier are performing at a private fundraiser for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that the band was set to play on August 28th for 17,000 fans and even had its agent sign the deal paying the band $650,000. On July 30th, "a lawyer for New York's Department of Agriculture & Markets requested the contract be withdrawn -- a move that could cost the state more than $1 million in lost ticket sales and other revenue." On Friday (August 9th) Gov. Cuomo was quoted by The New York Daily News as saying in upstate Watkins Glen: "An entertainer like Jon Bon Jovi is very busy and sometimes the dates of when you want them and when they're available don't line up."
On August 25th, three days before the scrapped gig, Bon Jovi will perform for the governor, with tickets reportedly running $5,000 per head for the 100-person fundraiser. Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said: "The contract (for the State Fair) was pulled at the request of the band for scheduling conflicts" -- with Bon Jovi's people agreeing. Yet insider whispers are alleging that the State Fair gig was canceled, quote, "to avoid anyone seeing a conflict in. . . playing a private show for the governor and then three days later being paid $650,000 to perform at the fair."
Bon Jovi North American tour dates (subject to change):
October 2 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena 
October 5 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome 
October 6 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena 
October 8 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center 
October 9 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center 
October 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center 
October 12 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena 
October 15 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center 
October 16 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
October 18 - North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
October 25 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
November 1 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre 
November 8 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre

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