Bon Jovi to give free concert in NYC this summer
Updated: 2008-07-01 10:49

In this May 20, 2008 file photo, the band Bon Jovi, from left, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Rico Torres and David Bryan pose in Abu Dhabi. New York City officials say Bon Jovi will play at a free concert in Central Park this summer. The concert will be held July 12th. [Agencies]

Bon Jovi will perform free concert July 12 in Central Park.

 It's billed as a prelude to the July 15 All-Star baseball game, which will highlight the final season at Yankee Stadium.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Jovi will help ensure it goes out in a blaze of glory, hopefully a blaze in late October at the World Series.

Bon Jovi's hits include "Livin' on a Prayer," "Bad Medicine" and "Blaze of Glory." Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi said playing Central Park is a dream come true.