Illness

Bon Jovi blames sore throat after cutting Pittsburgh show short

In this Friday, March 31, 2017, file photo, Jon Bon Jovi of the band Bon Jovi performs in concert during their "This House Is Not for Sale Tour" at The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The group was performing at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, when Jon Bon Jovi told the audience he has had a cold since Saturday night and wrapped things up after 90 minutes of the expected two-and-a-half hour show.

In this Friday, March 31, 2017, file photo, Jon Bon Jovi of the band Bon Jovi performs in concert during their "This House Is Not for Sale Tour" at The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The group was performing at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, when Jon Bon Jovi told the audience he has had a cold since Saturday night and wrapped things up after 90 minutes of the expected two-and-a-half hour show.  (AP)

Whatever happened to "Never Say Goodbye?"

Jon Bon Jovi needed more medicine than prayers when he cut his Pittsburgh concert short because the singer had a sore throat.

Bon Jovi was performing at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday night when the lead singer told the audience he has had a cold since Saturday night. But he said he would keep pushing on.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports he also said: "This is the day when I need a karaoke singer. Which one of you guys in a bar band knows all the words to Bon Jovi songs?"

He sang "Bad Medicine" and wrapped things up after 90 minutes of the expected two-and-a-half hour show with "Livin' on a Prayer."

The band is scheduled to play New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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