There was a time when John Bon Jovi was ready to become a permanent band in Buffalo, New York, but a negative experience – prompted by Donald Trump – led the rocker to vow never to set foot in the city again.
This was 2014, when the buffalo accounts of the NFL were on sale. Bon Jovi, an avid football fan, was part of a group bidding to buy the team. Trump was also watching the franchise, but he knew he wouldn’t be able to handle the financial power of the rocker and his Toronto partners.
As reported GQ, Trump enlisted the help of Republican strategist Michael Caputo to create a mass campaign against Bon Jovi. Their main claim is that the rocker planned to move the team from Buffalo to Canada.
“I can tell you, I swear to you in a pile of Bibles, because I had to have this hard conversation with both partners: ̵
Trump’s plan worked to some extent. Fans of the team turned against the rocker, as a group called “12th Man Thunder” appeared to host anti-Bon Jovi events. In the end, the musician and his partners would not receive the bills, but neither would Trump. Terry Pegula, a local businessman and owner of the Buffalo Sabers NHL team, bought the franchise for $ 1.4 billion.
Bon Jovi still calls the experience “one of the biggest disappointments” in his life. “I will never return to the city of Buffalo,” said the singer. “You will never see my face in Buffalo. I threw it off the map. “