Living on a Bad Name

Music fans will be able to take a hard-rocking trip back in time at the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show’s Saturday evening dinner on Jan. 25, with the help of Living on a Bad Name, a Bon Jovi tribute band that will bring the sound of 1980s New Jersey rock to Boston’s Back Bay.

Formed in 2010, Living on a Bad Name has toured the world playing Bon Jovi songs. It is the only cover band to have replaced Bon Jovi in concert when the superstars themselves couldn’t make it.

With its name, the Boston-based cover band references two of Bon Jovi’s biggest hits, “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name,” both from the 1986 album “Slippery When Wet.”

“We treat every stage as if it’s Madison Square Garden in 1986,” the band says on its website. “Every night, every show is played like an ’80s rock concert is supposed to be played.”

Living on a Bad Name features lead singer Ken Pittman, lead guitarist Ethan Brosh, bassist John Miker, drummer Keith Pittman and keyboardist Scott Poole. Lead singer Pittman also plays acoustic guitar, and all the other members provide backing vocals.

In addition to “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name,” the band’s set list includes “Runaway,” “Bed of Roses,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Bad Medicine,” “It’s My Life” and more.

While enjoying the music, attendees of the Saturday evening event can sample the “Tastes of New England,” a buffet-style dinner that celebrates the region’s signature foods.

This year’s event will run from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. – an earlier start and end time than in previous years.

Never say goodbye before a good party gets started, and join your colleagues and friends in closing out the 2020 Annual Meeting & Trade Show with delicious food and familiar hit songs.

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