The love and admiration Bon Jovi typically receives from New Yorkers is immense. If you don’t like Bon Jovi, you’re a liar. Everyone knows your go-to karaoke song is “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
But a few thousand fans in New York took a shot to the heart recently when the Jersey Boy chose to perform at a fundraiser for Governor Andrew Cuomo in lieu of a scheduled appearance at the New York State Fair. The fair — with an expected crowd of 17,000 — is scheduled for August 28th, three days after a private fundraiser for Governor Cuomo at a private home in the Hamptons on August 25th. Cuomo’s fundraiser is expected to be attended by roughly 100 people.
Bon Jovi’s agent inked a $650,000 deal for the band’s appearance at the New York State Fair, but a lawyer for New York’s Department of Agriculture & Markets requested the contract be withdrawn on July 30th. Two state government sources have said that Bon Jovi withdrew from the State Fair amid concerns of public backlash; performing at a private benefit for the Governor then receiving $650,000 for a public performance.
The scheduling conflict was confirmed by a spokeswoman for Sunshine Sachs, which represents Bon Jovi, but did not specify what the conflict was. New York’s Department of Agriculture & Markets Commissioner Darrel Aubertine states he “… gave no direction” to have the contracts pulled and only learned of the situation from his staff two days after the matter occurred.
Cuomo’s office denied such a situation with spokesman Rich Azzopardi stating, “The contract was pulled at the request of the band for scheduling conflicts.” Removal of the concert, a part of the Grandstand Concert Series in Syracuse, could cost the state $1 million in lost ticket sales and other various revenue.
As of today, the New York State Fair website has the August 28 date scheduled with a performer TBA.
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