Bon Jovi Helps Rehab a Detroit Neighborhood

Jon Bon Jovi

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updated 07/08/2008 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 07/08/2008 AT 12:00 PM ET

Jon Bon Jovi gave Detroit s East Side something to sing about Monday. The Grammy winner helped knock down a block s worth of buildings to make room for five new homes.

The houses are being built by a partnership between the rocker s Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, the Saturn car company and Habitat for Humanity.

I wanted to give something back to you, the rocker, whose foundation provides affordable housing to communities in need, told the crowd, according to the Associated Press. After construction crews demo d amid Knock it down! chants, Detriot-area Saturn dealers helped raise the first wall of a new home.

Bon Jovi, 46, in town for a concert that night as part of his Lost Highway Tour, gave a speech and then said he had to leave: I have to go my day job now.

Another Bon Jovi good deed – a free concert in New York City s Central Park July 12 – has been hit by scalpers, according to the New York Post.

After the city distributed 60,000 free tickets, with a two-per-person maximum, the paper reported that scalpers have offered at least 267 of them for up to $1,500 on eBay.

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