Before the man who is currently trying to win a second term as president decided to pursue a first term as president, he pursued to buy the Buffalo Bills. And the effort to continue buying the bills led to other potential buyers being boxed.
For Donald Trump’s efforts to buy the bills, one of the biggest competitors became a group that included Jon Bon Jovi.
Bon Jovi reflects on the experience in a new GQ Article. Among other things, Bon Jovi provides a sound bite that resonates throughout the region: “I will never go back to Buffalo, New York.”
The comments came during a pre-pandemic interview, and that includes Bon Jovi reflecting on his efforts to buy the bills, including Trump’s efforts to hire Republican operator Michael Caputo to launch a grassroots effort to scrap Bon Jovi’s group by selling the idea that they moved the team to Toronto. (Trump also inflated his net worth to $ 4.26 billion to increase the bid, as Trump’s former lawyer testified at a congressional hearing last year.)
Bon Jovi’s group tried to push back, but in the end they could not compete with eventual buyer Terry Pegula.
“We showed up with a billion three and sat there with one [check], ”Said Bon Jovi. “And we could easily have bought it at any price. We were not allowed to return to the room. [Pegula] said, ‘What should I do to not leave the table without owning the team?’ “
Bon Jovi still has a grudge against the subject, though it may be a little misleading. (Anger is rarely logical, which is one of the reasons they are so funny.)
“I will never go back to Buffalo,” Bon Jovi said. “You will never see my face in Buffalo ever. I’ve knocked it off the card. ”
We assume it’s a joke, an exaggeration. The people of Buffalo had nothing to do with what was done to let Pegula buy the team for $ 1.4 billion. (Then again, nag is often rarely logical.)
In the six years since the failed bid to buy the bills, however, Bon Jovi has respected his word. His group last played a concert in the area (Darien, about 30 km from Buffalo) in 2013. The band has not returned to the area since then and bypassed Buffalo / Darien / Western New York on both North American legs from 2017-19 This house is not for sale trip.
But the band did play in Toronto. Twice.