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06/30/08 5:39 PM ET

MLB announces Bon Jovi concert

Rockers to put on a free show in Central Park

Bon Jovi has been one of rock's all-star bands for over two decades, and now they're ready for their own midsummer classic.

On July 12, Bon Jovi will rock Central Park in a free concert hosted by Major League Baseball and New York City in honor of MLB's 79th All-Star Game, which will be played in Yankee Stadium three nights later.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was joined by Jon Bon Jovi on Monday at the official announcement of the concert, which will take place on the Great Lawn at 8 p.m. ET and will be presented by sponsor Bank of America.

"All-Star Summer is set to hit New York City in a few weeks, and the lineup of festivities just added another future Hall-of-Famer in Bon Jovi," Bloomberg said.

"The free concert in Central Park is going to help make this year's All-Star Summer a celebration to remember. The 2008 All-Star Game will pay tribute to the storied history of Yankee Stadium, and Bon Jovi will help us ensure it goes out in a blaze of glory -- hopefully a blaze in late October."

Bon Jovi's monster gig is the latest in a long line of legendary shows to have hit the park, including Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Dave Matthews Band, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, as well as visits by renowned spiritual leaders Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama.

"Live music and Central Park go together like baseball and hot dogs," said New York parks commissioner Adrian Benepe. "This concert helps celebrate the past, present and future of Major League Baseball in New York City. Bon Jovi's music, delivered free to the fans in an historic park setting, is an appropriate tribute to Yankee Stadium and the MLB All-Star Summer."

Bon Jovi has sold more than 120 million albums and performed more than 2,500 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 32 million fans. The Grammy-winning band's latest album, Lost Highway, debuted at No. 1 around the world and the resulting world tour is the top-selling tour around the world to date, according to Billboard and Pollstar.

The rockers, led by vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, will surely break out all the hits, including "Livin' On a Prayer," "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "It's My Life."

Tickets for Bon Jovi in Central Park will be available online at MLB.com.

Tickets will also be available beginning Wed., July 2, at baseball parks and events throughout New York City. The bulk of tickets distributed at the ballparks will be found at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, with others made available at Shea Stadium in Queens, KeySpan Park in Brooklyn, and at the home of the Staten Island Yankees at 9 a.m. ET.

In addition, tickets also will be available in Manhattan at DHL All-Star FanFest at the Jacob K. Javits Center on Friday, July 11.

Keep coming back to MLB.com for more information about the concert.

Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.