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]