New Jersey went up in flames Sunday.
That album by the rock band Bon Jovi — released in 1998 and named after the group’s home state — was one of a handful of the band’s CDs which was soaked with lighter fluid and set ablaze on a bed of charcoal late Sunday in a downtown parking lot by around 20 hard-core Argos fans.
The CD burning, which also included the torching of the popular albums Slippery When Wet, Crossroad, and Lost Highway, was in protest of the band’s vocalist, Jon Bon Jovi, being part of a Toronto-based group bidding to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills team and possibly move them to the city.
Argos superfan and protest organizer David Knott said Toronto having an NFL team would spell the end of his favourite CFL team.
Knott, 49, insisted most sports fans can still afford to see the Double Blue play in a city where high-end sporting events have become financially out of reach for many.
“If (an) NFL (team) came, the Argos would die instantly, (and) we’d lose a 141-year tradition,” said Knott, an Argos fan for almost 20 years. “We’re trying to make a point. We want Jon Bon Jovi to hear the message that we do not want (an NFL) team in Toronto.”
Knott also called for a city-wide boycott of Bon Jovi’s music.
“It’s a publicity stunt to show that we are no longer fans, we don’t want his music played on Toronto radio stations or in Toronto bars. It’s a boycott until he withdraws his bid that an NFL team move to Toronto.”
Bills fans in Buffalo have also been expressing their displeasure at the possibility of losing the team.