Due to the economic downturn in Spain, Bon Jovi have decided to waive their performance fee for an upcoming concert in Madrid. The group will perform for free at the Estadio Vicente Calderón in Madrid on June 27th because of Spain’s economic crisis. However, tickets to see the band were not free. Many were sold at a reduced price 18 (£15) and 39 (£33) euros.
According to NME, unemployment in Spain jumped to a record 27.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, with the number of young jobless people soaring to 57 per cent. That prompted fears fans would not be able to afford the full price for tickets, which would normally be priced at 76 euros (£65), so frontman Jon Bon Jovi said the band initially left Spain off the tour.
Bon Jovi stated to Spanish newspaper El Mundo that despite the economy, his band had to play Madrid.
“When we started planning our tour for our album, What About Now, we did a study and found that, due to the economic situation, Spain wouldn’t be on the road map,” he explains. “However, we didn’t want to ditch the fans of a country I love and has treated me so well for 30 years.”
Instead of the band profiting from the concert, any money from ticket sales will go towards the costs for the venue, operating costs and show staff.
Fans in North America who didn’t see Bon Jovi on the first leg of their Because We Can Tour have a second chance to see them this summer and fall as the band announced a slew of new North American dates. The band will return to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Toronto and Montreal as well as perform at new locations starting October 2nd and wrapping November 8th.
Members of Backstage JBJ fan club get first dibs on tickets and VIP Packages starting on Friday, May 31st at 10 am EDT. The full itinerary and VIP Package info can be viewed at bonjovi.com.
No word on whether guitarist Richie Sambora will be re-joining for the final leg of the tour.
Fall Tour Dates:
10/2 — Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
10/5 — Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
10/6 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
10/8 — Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
10/9 — Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
10/11 — Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
10/12 — Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/15 — San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
10/16 — Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
10/25 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
11/1 — Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
11/8 — Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
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