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Bon Jovi: Billboard's Top Touring Act of the Year...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Since 1986, only two bands have claimed the honor as the top-grossing act twice in three years: the Rolling Stones (1998 and 1999) and the Grateful Dead (1991 and 1993).

But this year, another act can claim that title: Bon Jovi.

For the second time in three years, Bon Jovi ranks as the highest-grossing touring act. The band's achievement, this year and previously in 2008, demonstrates that, remarkably, the group is hitting its touring peak 26 years after releasing its debut album.

Ranking at No. 1 on the year-end Top 25 Tours chart with the Circle trek carries more cachet with the industry than with fans, Jon Bon Jovi acknowledges.

"It's funny, because there's obviously a part of you that's very proud of it," says the singer, calling from Japan following the band's two sellout shows at the Tokyo Dome. "In the industry it means something; it doesn't mean anything to the public. But in the industry, all your peers are going to look at it. They're going to see some kind of year-end charts for everything: albums, singles, touring. It's a very nice industry asterisk, for sure. U2 are paying attention."

Bon Jovi says fans don't come to shows because the band is the top touring act. "They come to see it because they've seen it before and they're willing to spend their disposable dollars," he says, adding that the band doesn't set out to top the Boxscore charts. "You can't think about it. In order to break records you have to just do it to satisfy the need."

In an ongoing global trek promoted by AEG Live that saw the band play stadiums and arenas, Bon Jovi reported Boxscore grosses for the period of Nov. 20, 2009, through Nov. 28, 2010, of $146,507,388 and attendance of 1,591,154 to 69 sellouts. When Bon Jovi was tops for the year in 2008 with its Lost Highway tour, the trek finished with a gross of $210 million, the 10th-biggest of all time.

"The biggest thing to remember about this tour is that having a great plan executed by an amazing team delivers the results," says band co-manager Paul Korzilius, who has worked Bon Jovi's tours since the band's earliest headlining days. "What it comes down to is Bon Jovi has always delivered on the promise of an incredible live show and has always remained current with records and their singles. And the customer, who we love, responds."

The 2010-11 trek is AEG Live's third outing with Bon Jovi, following the Have a Nice Day tour in 2005-06 and the Lost Highway tour in 2007-08, which grossed a combined $342 million and moved 3 million tickets worldwide, according to Billboard Boxscore.

"I joke with Jon: 'Bon Jovi is the gift that keeps on giving to us promoters,' " AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips says. "Bon Jovi is like our U2, that anchor client. [Live Nation promotes U2's global tours.] A lot of times when a company is on their third tour with an act, it loses some of the sparkle of the first tour in terms of enthusiasm and attention to detail. In this case, it only intensifies. I credit that to the band's work ethic and to Paul's ability to work with an organization and get the most out of it. The bottom line is when a band is as loyal to a company as they are to us, we owe that back to them in spades."

The current tour could be considered Bon Jovi's most ambitious, at least for the modern era, Korzilius says. "But Bon Jovi got to where they are by great music [being] performed live, and that has meant touring, touring, touring on a worldwide basis since the beginning," he says.

Bon Jovi agrees that the tour might be the band's most ambitious in a while, at least in terms of its length and scope. "Lost Highway was, I believe, a 100-show tour, and we'd gotten accustomed to that 100-show kind of a run," he says. "This will probably be 140 shows all told, so it is a bit ambitious. But when Paul and I sat with the calendar, it's paced in a way that's very doable."

The basic routing of the Circle tour began with a pair of dates on Feb. 19 and 20 at KeyArena in Seattle, followed by runs through North America, Spain and Holland-and a 12-night stand at the O2 Arena in London that grossed more than $18 million. Then it was back home in July to finish a four-sellout stand at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., that, combined with the run's first three shows in May, took in more than $21 million and drew 200,000-plus fans.

You can read the rest of the article here.


Friday Funnies...

It's that time of the week again...


Story Update...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The next chapter of New Beginnings has been posted!



Interview Teaser...

Thanks Catte for finding this!



Sing Along with Jon Bon Jovi...

As long as Bon Jovi exist, there will always be stadium rock. 
Critics may proclaim it a dying "art", but Jon Bon Jovi and tens of thousands of adoring fans at their opening Australian concert in Perth on Wednesday night haven't heard the death knell.

The American rockers have survived bad hair and pop culture's bad moods and tantrums to remain one of the most successful acts of the past three decades.

After witnessing their opening night on The Circle tour, their secret to longevity is revealed.

It's the hits and the man who sings them.

Try not singing along to Livin' on a Prayer - it's impossible. Or It's My Life, Bad Medicine, Wanted Dead Or Alive, Always.

Even if you are not a Bon Jovi fan, those songs have wormed their way into your memory courtesy of jukeboxes, backyard barbecues and supermarkets.

Jon Bon Jovi himself is a rock music conductor as much as he is a singer, songwriter and musician. Armed with a megawatt smile, he plays the audience as much as the songs, urging them on with "Are you still with me?" and constructing all the right moments for them to raise their voices.

It's part medicine show, part revivalist church with the latest concert video technology to help even those in the nosebleed seats to get a front seat view.

Before the show, Bon Jovi said he can't see himself trying to raise the Rolling Stones' bar and continue touring for the next two decades.

"I can't see me being 68 and running around that stadium stage. I have to get a hobby," he said.

Jon Bon Jovi also revealed that the band would perform a medley of their hits during Oprah Winfrey's Sydney shows.

The band have flown into Melbourne in their private jet.



Please Come Home for Christmas...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Who doesn't love this video?
Who doesn't wish she could be Cindy in this video?


Bon Jovi - Perth, Australia

Some early pics...


Review: Bon Jovi @ Subiaco Stadium, Perth Australia...

Bon Jovi kick off their Australian tour

BON Jovi opened their tour Down Under with the ubiquitous Blaze of Glory last night in Perth.

The seasoned performers are expert at keeping the stadium masses at fever pitch with a balanced set of the anthems and the freshly baked, so fans don't have to suffer an indulgent block of the new stuff to get the old stuff.

When We Were Beautiful is backed up by It's My Life and Bad Medicine is mashed with Shout. Bon Jovi know how to work the crowd like a conductor - when to get the singalongs and the overhead clapalongs going.

The enduring rockers - who join a megastar line-up of tours here including U2, The Eagles, Muse and Linkin Park - delivered three decades of hits, which have seen the band sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.
Jon Bon Jovi revealed exclusively to The Daily Telegraph just before taking the stage that the band will also preform a medley of their hits during Oprah Winfrey's Sydney shows.

While much has been made of U2's "claw" staging, Bon Jovi have brought state-of-the-art video technology and a circular catwalk for their Circle tour.

The frontman said he valued the loyalty of the band's Australian fans, but said the New Jersey rockers had almost run out of venues to play across the world.

"We haven't played Greece or Israel; they're two places I'd like to take the band," Jon Bon Jovi said.

Bon Jovi will perform an 'intimate" gig for about 1500 fans at Star City on December 15 and then open a three-night stand at the Sydney Football Stadium on December 17.

IN an Australian exclusive, Bon Jovi will stream LIVE the first 30 minutes of their concert this weekend. 

Live stream details
On Saturday December 11 from Etihad Stadium at 8pm (AEDT), fans all over Australia will be able to have a taste of a LIVE Bon Jovi concert in their own home on The Daily Telegraph website and other sister News Limited websites in partnership with Bon Jovi, MCM Media and Movideo.

Tickets for Bon Jovi's Sydney show at the Sydney Football Stadium on December 19 can still be purchased from Ticketek.

The Circle National Tour Dates
  • Wednesday 8 December - Perth Patersons Stadium
  • Friday 10 December - Rod Laver Area, Melbourne
  • Saturday 11 December - Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
  • Tuesday 14 December - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Friday 17 December - Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
  • Saturday 18 December - Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
  • Sunday 19 December - Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Tickets -, 132 849



Bon Jovi Live Concert Stream this Weekend...

Bon Jovi live Melbourne concert stream here 

IN AN Australian exclusive, Bon Jovi will stream LIVE the first 30 minutes of their Melbourne concert this weekend here. 
On Saturday December 11 from Etihad Stadium at 8pm (AEDT), fans will be able to get a taste of a LIVE Bon Jovi concert in their own home on the Herald Sun website in partnership with Bon Jovi, MCM Media and Movideo.

Limited tickets for Bon Jovi's sold out Melbourne shows at Rod Laver Arena on Friday and Etihad Stadium on Saturday can still be purchased from Ticketek.

The Circle National Tour Dates are:
  • Wednesday 8 December - Perth Patersons Stadium
  • Friday 10 December - Rod Laver Area, Melbourne
  • Saturday 11 December - Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
  • Tuesday 14 December - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Friday 17 December - Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
  • Saturday 18 December - Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
  • Sunday 19 December - Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Tickets -, 132 849



Jon Bon Jovi & Friends...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

See Jon Bon Jovi Live in Sayreville, NJ and Help Those in Need!

On January 27th, 2011, The Parker Family Health Center invites you to rock out with Jon Bon Jovi & Friends at the Starland Ballroom! The mission of the Parker Family Health Center is to operate a free health care facility where Monmouth County residents who do not have medical insurance or the ability to pay for medical care can be treated.

Tickets are
NOW available! Tickets for this show are all GA (General Admission, Standing Room Only) so there will be no seat assignments.

Tickets are Will Call only and will not be shipped - you will pick up your tickets on the day of the show. To purchase tickets for this amazing event:
  1. Go to the Tour Listing
  2. Scroll down to find the Sayreville event and click the "Buy Tickets" link


Give Bon Jovi for Christmas...

Give the Gift of Bon Jovi This Holiday Season

VIP Packages for the 2011 tour are now available for your favorite Bon Jovi fan! Reward the biggest Bon Jovi fan in your family by giving them the gift of Bon Jovi today!

Don't miss out on our special holiday offer! Buy your VIP Package before Sunday, December 12th and receive a FREE Bon Jovi Heart & Dagger Christmas stocking!*

*Stocking is not guaranteed to be delivered by December 25th, 2010



Concert Tickets on Facebook?

Yep, that's right.  Starting December 8, you can purchase your Bon Jovi concert tickets on their Facebook page.

Bon Jovi 2011 Tickets Available on Facebook Starting 12/8 at 10AM Local Venue Time!

Bon Jovi wants YOU to be the first to try our Facebook ticketing application! On Wednesday, December 8th, 2011 at 10AM Local Venue Time, you can purchase tickets directly from our Facebook page AND then post it on your wall to let all of your friends know that you'll be rocking out with Bon Jovi! 

A limited number of tickets will be available for amazing seats to the following shows:
Date Location On Sale
February 12, 2011 Pittsburgh, PA BUY NOW
February 15, 2011 Toronto, ON, CA BUY NOW
Feburary 21, 2011 Raleigh, NC BUY NOW
March 22, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT BUY NOW
March 26, 2011 Vancouver, British Columbia, CA BUY NOW

To purchase your tickets on Facebook:
  1. Visit
  2. Click on the "Buy Tickets" tab
  3. Select the show you would like to attend
Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your tickets! Make sure to invite your friends and family to also be part of Bon Jovi's first ticketing application on Facebook!


The Twelve Bon Jovi Days of Christmas...

Monday, December 6, 2010

From their Facebook page...

 On the first day of Christmas Bon Jovi gave to me, 1 $50 Gift Certificate to the Bon Jovi online store. 1 winner will be selected at the end of the day! Enter for a chance to win today’s prize, or one of the 11 other upcoming prizes here:



Interview with Richie Sambora...

Prior to the show in Auckland, Richie sat down and had a little chat with Hugh Sundae...


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