Bon Jovi Play Two Intimate Shows Despite Blizzard

02/14/2013
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(Radio.com) While many were hunkered down in the northeast during the Blizzard of 2013, Bon Jovi played not one, but two shows for a snowed-in crowd at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, CT. Friday night, while the winds whipped up snow around Southeastern Connecticut, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and the rest of the band played a private pre-tour rehearsal show for CBS Radio and Radio.com in front of a crowd of 350 or so die hard fans from the New York and New England area.

Bon Jovi took the stage to cheers and applause from the small snow-bound crowd at the Connecticut casino, launching right into the band's first number one hit, You Give Love a Bad Name.

"So what do you think?" Jon Bon Jovi, asked a cheering crowd about what was supposed to be the band's final rehearsal before kicking off the multi-city Because We Can world tour the following night in the same arena at Mohegan Sun.

Blizzard and hazardous travel conditions would prove to be too much for concert officials, who decided to postpone the public Saturday show. But for the approximately 2,000 fans who had arrived at the casino's hotel prior to the statewide mandatory travel ban in Connecticut, Bon Jovi would not disappoint.

The band played an impromptu free show Saturday evening at 5pm for everyone stranded in the Mohegan Sun complex, guests and employees alike.

"You gotta be really big to do matinees," Jon Bon Jovi told the hastily assembled crowd in the Mohegan Sun Arena. "Welcome to what is the first show, or the last rehearsal of the What About Now tour. You'll be able to say 'I was there.'" more.

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