Seth Wenig, Associated Press
Jon Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi will perform a free concert July 12 in Central Park.

It's billed as a prelude to the July 15 All-Star baseball game that will highlight Yankee Stadium's final season.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Bon Jovi will help ensure it goes out in a blaze of glory, hopefully a blaze in late October at the World Series.

Bon Jovi's hits include "Livin' on a Prayer," "Bad Medicine" and "Blaze of Glory." Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi said playing Central Park is a dream come true.