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Jon Bon Jovi caps off busy year with international tour dates

The iconic '80s rocker-turned-philanthropist is scheduled to play Israel for the first time in October.

Jon Bon JoviJon Bon JoviJon Bon Jovi playing an acoustic show in New York in February. His band, Bon Jovi, will be playing Israel for the first time in October. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)

Jon Bon Jovi is almost as synonymous with New Jersey as Bruce Springsteen. And, just like Bruce, he's built an international profile over the last three decades that transcends his humble beginnings as the lead singer of an '80s hair band. Bon Jovi – the man and his band – has survived for so long because he wanted to do more than just play guitar and hang out with groupies.

Bon Jovi's (the man) 2015 has been busy so far. He wrote a song for the Broadway musical "Finding Neverland" and released it as a single. He opened a charity-focused, pay-what-you-can-afford restaurant called JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey. He was given a public service award from the Common Wealth Awards organization, recognizing his decades of philanthropy. He also gave a commencement speech at Rutgers University-Camden and earned an honorary degree. He even performed a song he wrote especially for the students graduating that day.

What could he do to top all that? Play concerts in cities that he's never performed in, that's what. For instance, Bon Jovi (the band) will play in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park on Oct. 3. This will be the band's first concert in Israel, and fans can't wait to see them play hits like "Wanted Dead or Alive," "I'll Be There For You," "Who Says You Can't Go Home" and, of course, the band's signature songs – 'It's My Life' and 'Livin' on a Prayer."

"I'm a huge fan," said Miriam Gold, who grew up singing Bon Jovi's songs in the 1980s in Worcester, Mass., and now lives in Israel. "It's exciting to hear that he's coming." Gold says she's planning to attend the Tel Aviv show and hopes the rocker performs "It's My Life" and "Livin' on a Prayer," her favorite Bon Jovi tunes. "I kind of think everyone lives on a prayer!"

Bon Jovi is the latest in a series of big concerts in Tel Aviv so far this year, including the Backstreet Boys and OneRepublic.

We're pretty sure this little girl would be happy to see them no matter where they play:

And here's some more evidence of Jon Bon Jovi's busy 2015: he accompanied Will Forte, Gilbert Gottfried, Al Roker and others during Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars" comedy concert:

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