Will Bon Jovi Be The Band That Heals The Wounds Of 9/11 Once And For All?

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Probably not, but: "New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in secret negotiations with HBO to produce a historic Bon Jovi concert in Central Park the night before the 10th anniversary of 9/11." That's from The Daily's gossip page today. So, you know, this show—which will reportedly be a star-studded event with more than a dozen big(gish) names—might not happen. (The item was accompanied by the standard publicist denial from an HBO rep.) But if it does?



It's not that I don't have a bit of affection for quite a few tracks from the Bon Jovi catalog (shout out to "Born To Be My Baby"), and I'm guessing that the death of Clarence Clemons meant that asking obvious-choice-for-this-sorta-thing Bruce Springsteen was out of the cards. But something tells me that New York City isn't miraculously going to be able to finally get past the awful events of 10 years ago after hearing a somewhat-rousing take on "Have A Nice Day"—even if it does have cameos by John Legend and Yo-Yo Ma. And I worry about the other acts that will fill out the bill. Will we be treated to a redo in spirit of the 2001 Video Music Awards, which included among other things (Macy Gray's "BUY IT" dress, Britney Spears' snake-handling) Missy Elliott, bless her heart, dedicating her performance, which included the ode-to-lousy-lays "One Minute Man," to the memory of the just-departed Aaliyah?

The Black Eyed Peas' willingness to break their "retirement" should make one pause and think about what feelings the night of September 10, 2011 might inspire in will.i.am, is all I'm saying.

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Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson

I think Bon Jovi is a great band and people really love them for their work. This could prove to be a bridge to bring people out of the grief and back to normal. Life is not as simple as it seems and the incident was not so small for all of us. But this will really help heal the wounds. I would like sharing a quote here which I found at quoteocean.com:"I haven’t heard of anybody who wants to stop living on account of the cost".

irenekirwan
irenekirwan

You know, Bon Jovi won't sing Have a Nice Day or Born to be my Baby, you idiot!!! Don't you think they have a million songs that they are going to pick the most appropriate ones.  Ones that touch your heart and ones that make you feel stronger in the long run.  I hate journalists sometimes. They just are so out of touch with things it disgusts me. Bon Jovi is loved by many many fans, adoring fans, for that matter, so don't talk out of your ass.

Mike G.
Mike G.

You could not be more right. Bon Jovi even has a song, "Undivided" that is about 9/11 and is extremely powerful. His music gives everyone the ability to raise their arms in the air and feel unbelievable. So powerful, so amazing.

Julie
Julie

You're underestimating Bon Jovi, and the power of music in general. Of course it's not going to heal all wounds, but what it will do (if it happens) is give people something to smile about. Little things mean a lot, sometimes.

Innajunglestylee
Innajunglestylee

This concert needs to book The Coup to really complete the healing.

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