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Bon Jovi will launch Browns season with July 14 concert

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I wanted Paul Stanley.  Instead, Browns fans are getting Michael Stanley.

Oh, and Jon Bon Jovi.

Stanley, a local music legend who most people not in Cleveland have never heard of, and Bon Jovi will be performing at FirstEnergy Stadium on July 14, to launch the Browns’ season.

It’s part of an apparent plan to use the so-called Factory of Sadness for more than “10 miserable games per year including two preseason games that I have to pay for and one sh-tty Kenny Chesney concert.”

“I think, over time, you’ll see the stadium more active than it was in the past,” Browns CEO Joe Banner said during the press conference announcing the event.

Stanley and his band will play for roughly an hour before yielding to Bon Jovi.

If you’d still prefer to see Paul Stanley and his face-painting cohorts that night, you’ll have to make the trek to Saskatoon.

Who’s with me?

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32 Responses to “Bon Jovi will launch Browns season with July 14 concert”
  1. 4thqtrsaint says: May 28, 2013 4:09 PM

    I’d rather see Eddie and the Cruisers. Or the Wiggles.

  2. nolahxc says: May 28, 2013 4:09 PM

    “whoaaaaaa we’re halfway there!” …..through the offseason at least.

  3. thegonz13 says: May 28, 2013 4:10 PM

    Yeah Mike, I’m with you. Gene $immons was just worried about getting screwed by Haslam or Flying J!

  4. jjb0811 says: May 28, 2013 4:11 PM

    Why is it that the NFL insists on using bands from another era? What is it, you have to be 50+ to play live for the NFL? Nothing wrong w/ using Bon Jovi, just more appropriate in the 80’s!

  5. tformation says: May 28, 2013 4:12 PM

    No offense to Browns fans, but Bon Jovi playing the “Factory of Sadness” sounds particularly appropriate.

    Perhaps the “Torture Garden of Misery” is another apt place to have to endure a Bon Jovi performance.

  6. coltzfan166 says: May 28, 2013 4:14 PM

    Whoever made that quote has clearly never actually seen Kenny Chesney

  7. bucrightoff says: May 28, 2013 4:16 PM

    Original lineup KISS sure, but Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and two guys no one knows exists isn’t KISS.

  8. checkitd0wn says: May 28, 2013 4:16 PM

    Wow, haven’t these poor fans suffered enough? Bon Jovi playing is like the icing on crap cake. My heart goes out to these folks.

  9. 6sbtitles2sweet says: May 28, 2013 4:20 PM

    Cleveland sports fans have suffered I think more than any other sports city in the USA. I guess using the stadium to draw in acts other than sports gives them life.

  10. jimb031 says: May 28, 2013 4:23 PM

    Cleveland better hope they have a “Factory of Earplugs” for July 14

  11. bahoto34 says: May 28, 2013 4:28 PM

    I’d rather see florio jr’s band play greenday covers

  12. souldogdave says: May 28, 2013 4:28 PM

    I thought Jovi was a Jets fan…

  13. stevenwilliams2013 says: May 28, 2013 4:28 PM

    How about a Tupac hologram to open the Browns season?

  14. lastdukestreetking says: May 28, 2013 4:37 PM

    Haven’t Browns fans suffered enough? Only group worse would be Kiss.

  15. szwhtsup123 says: May 28, 2013 4:37 PM

    Get up! And get Bon Jovi outta here…..

  16. lbcoach34 says: May 28, 2013 4:41 PM

    Bon Jovi – that’s pretty big name…

  17. audient says: May 28, 2013 4:42 PM

    Browns season launches on July 14?

  18. joemammy says: May 28, 2013 4:44 PM

    Pretty childish post, even by PFT “standards.”

  19. dolphin80 says: May 28, 2013 4:51 PM

    This just in from 1990….Bon Jovi sucks

  20. jesse1834 says: May 28, 2013 4:56 PM

    It should be KISS’s rock and roll hall of fame induction concert!! It’s a shame they haven’t made it in yet.

  21. rasalas says: May 28, 2013 4:57 PM

    >>>Why is it that the NFL insists on using bands from another era? What is it, you have to be 50+ to play live for the NFL? Nothing wrong w/ using Bon Jovi, just more appropriate in the 80′s!<<<

    Bon Jovi's new album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart just a few months ago. Clearly, the band is still popular — with someone.

  22. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 28, 2013 5:07 PM

    This may become an NFL trend. Teams that can’t win providing music entertainment to get people out to the stadium. Kind of pathetic really.

  23. jimmylions says: May 28, 2013 5:12 PM

    Bon Jovi is a Jersey band. This should be all about Cleveland bands/Ohio bands … and there’s lots to choose from.

    Joe Walsh was the obvious choice. And I thought the only people who had heard of Michael Stanley were the record store clerks that had to ship his unsold albums back to Capitol records!

  24. dylanssongwriter says: May 28, 2013 5:14 PM

    Should have went with the Black Keys

    Best thing Bon Jovi ever did was getting insulted by Triumph

  25. audient says: May 28, 2013 5:20 PM

    And Bon Jovi made it big right around the last time the Browns were Super Bowl contenders.

    Maybe Bernie Kosar could emcee the event.

  26. pftfollower says: May 28, 2013 5:57 PM

    Nothing says WE ARE MOVING FORWARD like a Bon Jovi concert.

  27. mgm54 says: May 28, 2013 6:00 PM

    SADNESS!!!!!! Nuff said…

  28. pftfollower says: May 28, 2013 6:00 PM

    And yes, The Black Keys would be soooooo much better

  29. sheepybrown says: May 28, 2013 6:36 PM

    Shoulda been Pere Ubu….

  30. commonsensedude says: May 28, 2013 6:58 PM

    I take it Journey and Def Leppard had prior commitments?

  31. mattyc says: May 28, 2013 8:11 PM

    This is about an owner making a smart business decision to open up the stadium & use it as a venue other than football, generating a separate revenue stream for a man that A) Purchased an NFL Team for upwards of a billion & B) An Executive that will be losing business due to an IRS/FBI investigation.

    This has NOTHING to do with the Cleveland Browns. Take your “Factory of Sadness” BS & store it in your colon. For a 50+ yr old former attorney & writer that knows zero about the game of football, you’re awfully childish!

  32. raidergreg2000 says: May 29, 2013 1:25 PM

    Deftones and Sevendust would of worked for me.

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