Fact Check: Bon Jovi Did NOT Perform For A Crowd Of 12 At Biden Campaign Event

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  • by: Victoria Eavis
Fact Check: Bon Jovi Did NOT Perform For A Crowd Of 12 At Biden Campaign Event More Than 12

Did a Bon Jovi performance at a Biden campaign event in Dallas, Pennsylvania draw a mere 12 people? No, that's not true: There were far more than 12 people in attendence. The exact crowd size is hard to discern because people attended the event from their cars, but 232 cars were counted at the event, according to the Times Leader, a local paper.

The claim appeared in a Facebook meme (archived here) where it was published on October 26, 2020. The meme read:

This is incredible! From a FB friend: "Bon Jovi was featured at a Biden event in PA. He played for 12 people and 7 pumpkins." LoL.....

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Oct 27 13:57:31 2020 UTC)

The Times Leader article covering the event read:

Some 232 cars were counted, some pulled right up to the stage and most others parked all the way down the long sloping parking lot. Lots of honking.

The following photos from the Associated Press shows a partial view of the crowd:

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In the lead up to election day, misinformation on campaign event crowd sizes is flying around on social media. Find more Lead Stories reports on crowd sizes here and here.

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  Victoria Eavis

Victoria Eavis is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She recently graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. In her last few months at Duke, she was a reporter for a student news site, The 9th Street Journal, that covers the city of Durham, North Carolina. 

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