JOVIALITY ALERT: BON JOVI TO PLAY BASIE

The Star-Ledger reports that moptopped singer and would-be beverage industry litigant Bon Jovi will headline a Dec. 21 concert at the Count Basie Theatre that for the last two years has seen Bruce Springsteen play.

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Though he’s not mentioned on the Basie website item about the show, the Ledger reports that Jovi

will lead an all-star lineup that night, at “The Hope Concert III.” Tickets will be $100-$500, with proceeds benefiting the Valerie Fund Center at Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.

Others on the bill include Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds, Bobby Bandiera, the Jersey Shore Rock-N-Soul Revue, Mark Pender and Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg and Tim McLoone & the Shirleys.

Regarding Springsteen, the Ledger says that

While he is currently on tour in Europe, his last show there is Dec. 19, so he could join the lineup as an unannounced guest.

Tickets will go on sale 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. They will be available at the Basie box office at 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, and by phone at (732) 842-9000. There is a four-ticket limit. Tickets will not be available through the theater’s Web site.

The Asbury Park Press has additional info about the tickets:

There is a limit of four tickets per person.

At the time of purchase, ticket buyers will receive a receipt, which they will have to show at the door with photo ID on the night of the show to claim their tickets.

The Count Basie Theatre has 1,543 seats. Theater officials said 350 sponsor tickets have been pre-sold, with 1,193 tickets to be sold to the general public. The theater will have three box office windows and three phone lines operating simultaneously. It’s estimated that the first 125 to 150 people on line and the first 125 to 150 callers will successfully purchase tickets before the show sells out.

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