Rocker Jon Bon Jovi was unable to perform at a small-scale acoustic concert in a Miami Beach hotel Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19.
Shortly before the show at the Loews South Beach, a man identified by New Jersey's Asbury Park Press as Matt Bongiovi — Jon Bon Jovi's brother and the founder of Runaway Tours, that weekend's hotel-and-concert package promoter — informed the audience of the rapid-result test. "Jon feels great," he assured the crowd, according to local Miami media, but would be resting in bed.
WSVN-TV reporter Jessica Holly on Saturday tweeted a 10-second video of Jon Bon Jovi, 59, with three other men leaving the hotel. The local station said the singer-songwriter left in a yellow Maserati driven by his brother.
Jon Bon Jovi's spokesperson confirmed to Newsday that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had tested positive but that he was "fully vaccinated and feeling fine." Neither Bon Jovi nor his band has commented on social media. Matt Bongiovi tweeted early Sunday, "Bon Jovi fans the best in the world. Much love."
The show was part of a sold-out weekend package costing $1,950 to $2,195 per person including three days and two nights at the hotel, or $1,650 per person with no hotel, and which also included a Halloween welcome party, photo opportunities with Jon Bon Jovi, and token gifts. The star's Runaway shows generally take place in intimate "storyteller" settings with acoustic music and with Jon Bon Jovi backed by the longtime New Jersey band Kings of Suburbia rather than his full namesake band, Bon Jovi.