HUNDREDS of desperate pub bands could be created in the wave of impending Bon Jovi gigs, experts have warned.
The Institute for Studies claimed that as many as 26% of Bon Jovi fans attending the concerts will be inspired to start covers bands with names like Route 66, Dead or Alive and Outlaw.
They will inevitably end up dragging their own PAs around the local pub circuit, playing to as many as half a dozen hatchet-faced alcoholics at each venue while clinging to an increasingly tattered dream of stardom.
Dr Tom Logan said: “There’s simply nothing like Bon Jovi’s anthemic poodle rock to inspire exactly the wrong kind of people to buy a chord book and a leather jacket with a fringe.
“Soon they will start describing their best mate as their ‘manager’ and refer to rock stars they will never meet using only their first names.
“It’s a genuinely sad situation which has robbed many pleasant, middle-aged family men of the last remaining scraps of their dignity.”
Stephen Malley, a 39-year-old postman from Doncaster, is in Bon Jovi cover band Renegades, which also features his wife Pat in a Richie Sambora wig.
He said: “I just know we’re gonna make it, the gigs get bigger and better every week. We rocked the function room of the Harvester in Telford, there must have been 4,000 people there, give or take 3,950.”
He added: “Do you want to buy a CD? They’re properly done, with colour photocopied covers that look brilliant.”
Father-of-three, Roy Hobbs, plays bass guitar in Urban Cowboys, a four-piece which performs Bon Jovi songs, some chart stuff and ‘the Fleetwood Mac one that’s on the grand prix’.
He said: “After rocking my brother’s wedding, I called my boss and told him to fuck himself because he’s a company man and I’m a maverick who lives for music and burning into the sunset on my steel horse which is actually a Vauxhall Corsa.
“Excellent mileage though.”