by Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY
Bon Jovi is giving its fans another reason to have a nice day.
The New Jersey band's Because We Can tour, launching Feb. 9 in Uncasville, Conn., will offer tickets starting at $19.50, a rare bargain for superstar acts.
The outing takes Jon Bon Jovi and company to arenas nationwide and several stadiums, including a two-night stand at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The group, which has played 2,700 shows in more than 50 countries for 35 million fans, had the highest-grossing tours worldwide in 2008 and 2010. Because We Can, which will introduce new songs from upcoming studio album What About Now, will travel from the USA to Europe, the Far East, Africa, Latin America and Australia.
Tickets for the first leg go on sale Nov. 30; visit BonJovi.com for details.
Tickets are offered at seven price levels (plus service charges): $19.50, $29.50, $49.50, $59.50, $99.50, $125 and $185, plus lavish VIP packages bundled with such extras as meet-and-greets, parking, dinner and merchandise.
"Jon is very savvy," says Randy Phillips, president/CEO of AEG Live, promoter of the tour. "He's using the highest 10% of the house to finance the rest of the house. It's almost similar to President Obama wanting to raise the upper tax rate. He's an artist who's fully in control of his own business and who understands the business. He told me he wanted to make sure there was something for everyone."
Moved by the plight of Hurricane Sandy victims in his home state, Bon Jovi left his promotional tour in Europe and flew home to work in a soup kitchen, Phillips says.
"He's been a huge lobbyist for New Jersey," Phillips says. "Because he's so socially active, he never lost touch with what his fans feel and are going through. He does not want to play in an arena full of rich people. Doing things like this is why this band still matters."
The North American dates:
Feb. 9, Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun
Feb.10, Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
Feb. 13-14, Montreal, Bell Centre
Feb. 17-18, Toronto, Air Canada Centre
Feb. 20, Ottawa, Scotiabank Place
Feb. 21, Pittsburgh, CONSOL Energy Center
Feb. 27, Atlanta, Philips Arena
March 1, Tampa, Tampa Bay Times Forum
March 2, Sunrise, Fla., BB&T Center
March 5, Charlotte, N.C., Time Warner Cable Arena
March 6, Nashville, Bridgestone Arena
March 9, Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena
March 10, Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
March 13, St. Louis, Scottrade Center
March 14, Louisville, Ky., KFC Yum! Center
March 16, Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena
March 17, Lubbock, Texas, United Spirit Arena
April 2, Calgary, Scotiabank Saddledome
April 3, Edmonton, Rexall Place
April 5, Winnipeg, MTS Centre
April 7, St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
April 10, Austin, Frank Erwin Center
April 11, Dallas, American Airlines Center
April 13, Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
April 14, Des Moines, Wells Fargo Arena
April 16, Denver, Pepsi Center
April 17, Salt Lake City, Energy Solutions Arena
April 19, Los Angeles, Staples Center
April 20, Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena
April 23, Glendale, Ariz., Jobing.com Arena
April 25, San Jose, HP Pavilion
July 12, Chicago, Soldier Field
July 24-25, East Rutherford, N.J., MetLife Stadium
Details are expected soon for stops in these cities:
State College, Pa.
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