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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:

Memphis

Milwaukee

Philadelphia

Portland, Ore.

Raleigh, N.C.

San Antonio

Seattle

State College, Pa.

Vancouver

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