Bon Jovi ended a week that saw Lady Gaga and basketball hero Carmelo Anthony stun Madison Square Garden by performing at the fabled New York venue on Thursday night - and all the excitement wasn't lost on frontman Jon Bon Jovi.
Introducing the song "When We Were Beautiful" during the band's set, the rocker told fans, "It's great to be in New York, the greatest city in the entire universe.
"Madison Square Garden had some week, huh? We haven't got crazy phones like Gaga, and we're not the new kid in town like Melo, but, if you like a nice vintage wine that's been around for awhile, then we're the band for you."
And, at the end of the show, Bon Jovi was clearly moved by the New York experience, adding, "Your friendship and support has meant everything to us for the last three decades. We came to Madison Square Garden when were kids taking the train to Penn Station but we sat in the cheap seats."
During the concert, the band played a number of hits unplugged.