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New Jersey rockers waiting for 10 shows by Bon Jovi

The din of saws and drills is sweet for Newark residents – it is a sign of preparations for Bon Jovi’s shows in the Prudential Center.

Bon Jovi is the first act to perform at the new arena, starting Thursday.

According to media reports, the band praised the facility, even as last-minute construction was being finished Tuesday.

Jon Bon Jovi, the band's frontman, said the shows will hopefully help invigorate Newark's economy.

Due to the large number of shows, Bon Jovi has been practicing many songs they have not performed in years.

Their latest album is the country-influenced "Lost Highway," on Island Records.