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Local band fourforty will open for Bon Jovi during the rock legends' concert Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. Band members include (from left) Kelly Gruis, Brian Jensen, Mark FitzSimmons, Pat Jacobsen. Submitted photo

Local band gets 'big break' Thursday as they open during Bon Jovi concert at Xcel


WILLMAR -- A four-man band made up of old high school buddies that plays "straight up rock-and-roll" is getting the break of a lifetime.

Thursday, fourforty -- a local band that played Saturday at the Spicer American Legion -- will be playing 30 minutes of original music on the stage of the Xcel Energy Center before the Bon Jovi concert.

"For us it's living a dream," said Mark FitzSimmons, the lead vocalist and songwriter for fourforty.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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