Jon Bon Jovi joins Gillette Stadium crowd in singing ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’

"Oh, we're half way there!"

Robert Kraft and inductee Jon Bon Jovi attend the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Auditorium. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

When the sellout crowd at Gillette Stadium started belting the chorus of a Bon Jovi classic, “Livin’ on a Prayer,” none other than the rock band’s lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi, joined them in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Patriots-Chargers game.

After kicker Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 30-yard field goal to put New England up 41-14, Bon Jovi — seated with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and club president Jonathan Kraft in the owner’s box — was shown on the jumbotron rocking out to his own song. New England ultimately coasted to a 41-28 victory.

It’s not the first time the two-time Grammy Award nominee has stolen the spotlight in Foxborough. During the AFC Championship last season, there was another “Livin’ on a Prayer” singalong when the Patriots were trailing the Jacksonville Jaguars. After New England mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to advance to Super Bowl LII, coach Bill Belichick told reporters Bon Jovi had the stadium “rocking” — “maybe a little more than [the Patriots] did.”


Bon Jovi, however, is no bandwagon fan. The 56-year-old, whose friendships with Kraft and Belichick date back decades, has attended training camp at Gillette Stadium every season since 2002.

Jon Bon Jovi, Robert Kraft, Jonathan Kraft

Singer Jon Bon Jovi cheers while sitting in the box of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.