Bon Jovi playing free show in NY's Central Park

Jon Bon Jovi of U.S. rock band Bon Jovi performs during "Rock in Rio" music festival in Lisbon May 31, 2008. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

NEW YORK (Billboard) - New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi will play a free concert in Central Park on July 12, the band announced Monday.

The show, billed as an “All-Star Concert in Central Park,” will take place in conjunction with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which is set for July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

“We’ve gotten the chance to bookend what is the most successful tour in the world this year with a free concert for anyone in New York,” frontman Jon Bon Jovi said at a news conference alongside New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials. “I just travelled the world again, and New York is still the greatest city in the world.”

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on the park’s Great Lawn and will not be televised. Fans will be allowed to enter the area beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available beginning July 2 at baseball parks as well as at events throughout New York.

No more than 60,000 tickets will be distributed in an attempt to maintain the safety and integrity of the lawn’s grass, Bloomberg said. “Our interest is in keeping the park open and making sure at the same time that we protect the investment the public has made,” he said.

The band’s “Lost Highway” tour wraps July 14-15 with a pair of Madison Square Garden arena shows in New York.