(the star of “Moonlight & Valentino”, just happy to be mentioned in the same breath as Bobby Ebz)
“The Garden State has made some mighty contributions to pop music: Frank Sinatra, Yo La Tengo, the Four Seasons, Fountains of Wayne and, of course, Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few,” wrote the New York Daily News’ Michael O’Keefe this past Sunday, adding “the state’s latest musical innovation may be its niftiest yet: Fans of Sayreville’s own Bon Jovi have apparently learned how to defy the laws of gravity!” Not for the first time, Genocide are ignored by the MSM.
Back in August 2004, as it was becoming crystal clear that the Bush administration had cynically exploited the Sept. 11 attack to drag America into a pointless war in Iraq, thousands of people from around the world came to New York to voice their outrage during the Republican National Convention.
Anti-war groups hoped to channel that anger with a massive demonstration in Central Park, but the city refused to issue the necessary protest permits. Peace, love and understanding, the city argued in federal court, is not healthy for Great Lawn grass and other living things.
But when Major League Baseball and its corporate sponsors decided to host a Bon Jovi concert this coming Saturday, in conjunction with the July 15 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, nobody in the Bloomberg administration apparently raised a Sambora about the grass. Is Bloomberg livin’ on a prayer, hoping Bon Jovi fans will hover over the Great Lawn?
The Bloomberg administration will argue that this is all about numbers – the 60,000 rock fans expected for the Bon Jovi concert won’t have the same impact on the grass as the 250,000 protesters United for Peace and Justice hoped to rally in Central Park in 2004.
But given how Bloomberg has consistently put the greed of the sports teams – especially the Yankees, Mets and Nets – over the needs of ordinary citizens, you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.