Bon Jovi Helps Rehab a Detroit Neighborhood

Bon Jovi Helps Rehab a Detroit Neighborhood
Jon Bon Jovi
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07/08/2008 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Jon Bon Jovi gave Detroit’s East Side something to sing about Monday. The Grammy winner helped knock down a block’s worth of buildings to make room for five new homes.

The houses are being built by a partnership between the rocker’s Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, the Saturn car company and Habitat for Humanity.

“I wanted to give something back to you,” the rocker, whose foundation provides affordable housing to communities in need, told the crowd, according to the Associated Press. After construction crews demo’d amid “Knock it down!” chants, Detriot-area Saturn dealers helped raise the first wall of a new home.

Bon Jovi, 46, in town for a concert that night as part of his Lost Highway Tour, gave a speech and then said he had to leave: “I have to go my day job now.”

Another Bon Jovi good deed – a free concert in New York City’s Central Park July 12 – has been hit by scalpers, according to the New York Post.

After the city distributed 60,000 free tickets, with a two-per-person maximum, the paper reported that scalpers have offered at least 267 of them for up to $1,500 on eBay.

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