"We have always had the best interest of the fans at heart, and repeatedly, with the help of AEG, our national promoter, tried to educate Major League Baseball and New York City about the fairest and easiest distribution of tickets," the New York Daily News said Bon Jovi wrote on the band's Web site Thursday at about 11:30 a.m. ET.
"Through a series of compromises and negotiations, it has come to this. We appealed to the powers that be to distribute through the Internet an additional amount of tickets, and through the series of compromises, some were to be distributed specifically to combat scalping," he said.
However, the Daily News reported the message was gone without explanation from the Web site a couple of hours after it went up.
"As I said before, 'No good deed goes unpunished.' There are reports in the media about tickets being scalped for... THE FREE CONCERT. I for one am not surprised, but our organization is sorely disappointed," Bon Jovi said in the Web posting before it was yanked.