Bars Ban Bon Jovi to Support Bills Staying in Buffalo

ORCHARD PARK, NY - A group of very loyal Bills fans does not care that Jerry Jones thinks Jon Bon Jovi would make a good NFL owner, and they do not want Bon Jovi anywhere near Western New York.

The men are successfully banning Bon Jovi from Buffalo area businesses all in an effort to keep the team here.

"It just seemed like the right thing to do," says Ryan Jagiello.

Jagiello doesn't want to hear the rock star's music in his bar.

"I wasn't a Bon Jovi fan anyways to begin with, so it's really no big deal for me not to play his music in here," he says.

Transit Bar and Restaurant became the first bar to officially ban Jon Bon Jovi's music Tuesday with the arrival of what will likely become he most sought after posters in all of Western New York.

"I've told these bands, no, don't even think about playing it. Just take it right off your set list. He can live on a prayer somewhere else," says Jagiello.

And if one group of hard core Bills fans has its way, there won't be anywhere else to take that prayer to.

"People were just sitting back with this wait and see attitude, and we thought, you know, by the time we see, it could be too late," says Charlie Pellien.

Meet Charlie, Chuck, Anthony and Paul. They are the four men behind 12th Man Thunder.

"We're going to ban Bon Jovi in WNY. He's coming, and he's trying to take our team, and he's made it known that we're gonna move them up to Toronto," says Pellien.

And 12th Man Thunder won't have any of that. They have already collected more than 2,500 online signatures for their petition to keep the Bills in Buffalo.

"Our piece of the puzzle might be small, it might be large, but whatever it is, we're going to put it into play," says Pellien.

So far, it's working.

In just two days, they've encouraged at least fifty businesses, bands and DJs to ban Bon Jovi.

"What would you say to Jon Bon Jovi right now if he walked into your bar? Would you serve him a beer?" asked Channel 2's Kelly Dudzik.

"No, I'd tell him, look, do what you know and open a hair salon and leave football alone," says Jagiello.

As more businesses hear about the Bon Jovi ban on twitter, they are also joining the 12th Man Thunder Group.

You can find out more about the petition here.


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