clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

From the Video Vault: Bon Jovi Gave the Cincinnati Gardens a Bad Name

Bon Jovi gives Cincinnati a bad name. The rock-n-rollers live from the Cincinnati Gardens in '87.

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

In 1987, the Cincinnati Bearcats basketball team returned to the Cincinnati Gardens arena for two seasons during the construction of the Shoemaker Center.

Earlier in 1987, Bon Jovi threatened the reputation of Cincinnati much like the Beatles had back in 1964. 12,000 rock-n-roll hooligans paid good money to see Bon Jovi perform at the Cincinnati Gardens. These outside agitators sang along with great enthusiasm to all the hits, including "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Runaway," "Wanted Dead or Alive," and "Livin' on a Prayer." All of these songs promote either criminal activity or poor grammar.

Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, here is Bon Jovi's full set from the Cincinnati Gardens on March 19, 1987.