About 17,000 Bon Jovi fans in New York were disappointed when the news broke that the band has cancelled its performance at the NY State Fair.
The show at the Syracuse Fair, which was expected to gross $1 Million, was scheduled for August 28.
Reportedly, the show was cancelled due to a fundraising performance for Governor Andrew Cuomo. Bon Jovi will play for Governor Cuomo and a private audience of 100 on August 25.
According to reports, the decision was based on political reasons. Governor Cuomo’s spokesman Azzorpardi stated, ‘The contract was pulled at the request of the band for scheduling conflicts’.
The New Yorkers’ reaction has not been positive, as Bon Jovi’s performance would have been a boost for the struggling State Fair.
Lee Ann Taylor, host of the morning show on the radio station 99.1 “The Whale” said, ‘Choosing politics over the people is becoming a disturbing trend with music artists, and the musicians need to remember who put them in the position to go to perform at these fundraisers to begin with. Upstate New York is hurting, and Bon Jovi would have lifted her spirits’.
New York’s residents think that Governor Cuomo should back out and suggest the band to play at the New York State fair instead. ‘He should direct folks to do what they can to get Bon Jovi on the state fair Grandstand on Aug. 28′, read an editorial of an angered New Yorker.