The New Home Of The Jets proffered a cozy spot for one of New Jersey’s favorite sons recently when Jon Bon Jovi played the first concerts in the New Meadowlands Stadium. So well received was he that he’ll be back for another tilt in early July.
I was among the fortunate who saw JBJ and his band turn in their usual fahhhhbulous performance on opening night, swaying between his Jersey Shore-fire combo of fist-pumping anthems and tender ballads to the delight of a full house. NMS may be the new kid on the block but for the most part it stepped up to put on a show that you would expect from the NFL’s most mod new spot.
Bon Jovi always seems to turn up in big spots, like the NFL’s Kickoff Concert in Times Square shortly after 9/11 (for which I have always given him the utmost props), charity events and probably the odd supermarket opening if he felt one of his fans thought he might turn up. Fueled by his restless heart and rock and roll strut and aided and abetted by guitarist Richie Sambora’s swinging hooks, all of that only added to the fact that just the day before, the NMS was tabbed for the 2014 Super Bowl.
While Bon Jovi played, Jets owner Woody Johnson and center Nick Mangold served up hunks of an enormous cake to celebrate. Ahh, if it can be said with music, Jets and Cake, then I want to hear it.
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