News Flash: Springsteen To Play Benefit For Slain Cop's Family

Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are among the New Jersey musicians who

have banded together for a Jan. 31 benefit concert to raise money for the

family of slain police officer Patrick King.

The concert, which will be held at the 1,200-seat Count Basie Theater in

Red Bank, N.J., was originally billed as the "Come Together" event, with

the identity of the participating musicians to remain a secret until the

night of the show. On Wednesday, Springsteen's appearance was confirmed by Shore Fire Media, the PR firm that handles his press; Bon Jovi's appearance was confirmed by a Mercury Records spokesperson.

Now called the "Jon Bon Jovi and Friends" benefit concert, the event aims

to raise $100,000 for the Patrick King Memorial Family Fund. Sgt. Patrick

King, the most decorated officer in the history of the Long Branch, N.J.,

police department, was gunned down last Nov. 20 by FBI fugitive Dion

Bailey. The memorial fund was established shortly after King's death to

ensure the financial security of his family.

"Pat King was a wonderful guy and an outstanding police officer," said Long

Branch Detective Lt. Patrick M. Joyce. "I would quote the eulogy given by

his best friend, who said, 'If you know him you liked him, and if you knew

him well, you loved him.' "

In addition to Springsteen and Bon Jovi, artists who have accepted

invitations to play include Springsteen's former guitarist Little Steven,

Southside Johnny, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and a host of other

Jersey shore rock 'n' roll alumni.

Tickets for the event go on sale Saturday at noon through TicketMaster

phone charge only. Individual seats cost $125, and there is a limit of two

tickets per person. -- Chris Nelson [Thurs., Jan. 15, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]