Bruce Springsteen closed the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, but it will be another hometown hero who stages the first concerts at the $1.6 billion venue next spring. During a press conference on October 22, rock band Bon Jovi staged a mini-concert in the stadium’s parking lot and confirmed a pair of kick-off concerts, as well as a 2010 tour.
The first leg of the Circle World Tour will hit 26 cities from February 19 at KeyArena in Seattle, WA, through April 22 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. Opening concerts at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, are queued up for the next month on May 26 and 27.
Highlights on the winter and spring schedule include performances on March 2 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA; March 19-20 at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC; March 23-24 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA; and April 15 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA.
After an overseas leg of dates, including a June residency at the O2 Arena in London, ENG, Bon Jovi will be back in North America for its next round of shows. Only six dates are on the summer itinerary at this time, beginning with a July 15 session at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB, and continuing through July 30 at Soldier Stadium in Chicago, IL.
Ultimately, the tour is expected to run through 2011, spanning 135 concerts in 30 countries. The Meadowlands concerts will go on sale October 31, followed by sales for the additional North American tour dates on November 9 and 16.
“We’re very excited to be the guys they chose to open up the new venue,” band frontman Jon Bon Jovi said in between songs during his band’s parking lot performance. The event was streamed live on the band’s official Web site.
Bon Jovi will be touring in support of its eleventh studio album, “The Circle,” which is scheduled for a November 10 release. The band’s previous Long Highway Tour was named the top-grossing tour of 2008 in Billboard‘s annual Year in Music report. That tour had opened with a nine-show run at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, at the end of 2007 and continued across the nation through spring 2008.
Bon Jovi itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|February 19||Seattle, WA||KeyArena|
|February 22||San Jose, CA||HP Pavilion|
|February 24||Phoenix, AZ||Jobing.com Arena|
|February 26||Anaheim, CA||Honda Center|
|March 2||Sacramento, CA||ARCO Arena|
|March 4||Los Angeles, CA||Staples Center|
|March 6||Las Vegas, NV||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|March 8||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center|
|March 9||Omaha, NE||Qwest Center|
|March 11||Wichita, KS||INTRUST Bank Arena|
|March 13||Fargo, ND||Fargodome|
|March 15||Kansas City, MO||Sprint Center|
|March 17||Detroit, MI||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|March 19 – 20||Montreal, QC||Bell Centre|
|March 23 – 24||Philadelphia, PA||Wachovia Center|
|March 29||Washington, DC||Verizon Center|
|April 7||St. Paul, MN||Xcel Center|
|April 10||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|April 13||Tulsa, OK||BOK Center|
|April 15||Atlanta, GA||Philips Arena|
|April 17||Tampa, FL||St. Pete Times Forum|
|April 18||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||BankAtlantic Center|
|April 21||Nashville, TN||Sommet Center|
|April 22||Charlotte, NC||Time Warner Cable Arena|
|May 26 – 27||East Rutherford, NJ||New Meadowlands Stadium|
|July 15||Edmonton, AB||Commonwealth Stadium|
|July 17||Winnipeg, MB||Canad Inns Stadium|
|July 20||Toronto, ON||Rogers Centre|
|July 24||Foxboro, MA||Gillette Stadium|
|July 28||Regina, SK||Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field|
|July 30||Chicago, IL||Soldier Field|