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.'”

“I want to thank every one of you for coming here to Mohegan Sun today and the day before, camping out in the hotel,” Bon Jovi continued from the stage to a cheers and applause. “I knew there was no way I was going to let them pack up the trucks and get them ready to go down to DC unless we played for you. Just get that nonsense out of the way, but hold onto your ticket stubs because for everybody else who is not here, we’re coming back to do it for real in the fall.”

AUDIO: Jon Bon Jovi Explains Free Show

Mohegan Sun announced that the official Bon Jovi concert would be rescheduled for Friday, October 25th, 2013. All tickets that were sold for the February 9th concert will be honored. Those holding tickets should contact their original point of purchase, should they have questions or need more information.

Bon Jovi heads to Washington, DC tonight (February 10th) to officially launch the tour, and then it’s on to Canada before returning to the US at the end of the month.

– Tim Staskiewicz/CBS Radio


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