Anthony Lynch hangs a “Bon Jovi Free Zone” poster at Savoy on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo on May 21. move the Bills to Toronto. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
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Buffalo area businesses and performers are being asked not to play or sing the music of Jon Bon Jovi.

That’s part of the strategy of 12th Man Thunder, a Buffalo Bills fan group, for keeping the team in Buffalo.

The group is offering free signs to local bars, restaurants and other businesses that pledge to stop playing any music by the rock star, who is interested in buying the team and moving it to Toronto.

“Someone’s coming here and trying to take our team away,” said Charles Pellien, a co-founder of the fan group.

The 12th Man Thunder was formed in 2012 and its mission includes giving Buffalo Bills fans a voice during the sale of the franchise and supporting ownership groups committed to keeping the team in Western New York.

The “Bon Jovi Free Zone” signs are being offered to bars and nightclubs, where Bon Jovi music won’t be played by the DJ, live bands or on the jukebox. The group’s website identifies dozens of supporters.

The group also has an online petition to keep the Bills in Buffalo. Visit for more information.

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