On November 20, 2012, superstar rock band Bon Jovi announced dates for the band’s 2013 U.S. tour, as well as the title and release date of the band’s first album in over two years.
Bon Jovi, which previously announced the Canadian dates on their 2013 Because We Can tour, will be playing mostly arenas during the band’s U.S. leg of its 2013 World Tour. The North American tour dates are set to begin February 9, 2013 with a concert in Uncasville, CT, and wrap up in July 25, 2013 in East Rutherford, NJ. This will be the band’s first tour together since 2010, as the ensuing years have seen band members focus on their solo work with solo albums and film and television appearances.
While the majority of the concert venues are indoor arenas, there are several stops in larger stadium venues. Stadium concerts dates include shows at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL; Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA; and Ford Field in Detroit, MI. The tour’s Canadian concert dates have already gone on sale; however, as dates are rapidly selling out, additional shows have been added for the band’s concerts in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC. Tickets for the additional concert dates will go on sale in the coming weeks. The first batch of United States concert dates will go on sale November 30, 2012.
Even though Bon Jovi has been performing together for nearly 30 years, the band has maintained its concert appeal. In 2008 and 2010, Bon Jovi finished atop the annual Billboard list of the year’s highest grossing tours. The band’s most recent tour, The Circle Tour in 2010-2011, brought in $265 million in ticket revenue. Since 2000, Bon Jovi has, according to Billboard, collected just under $1 million in ticket sales.
Bon Jovi has also announced that, in an effort to ensure that as many fans as possible are able to attend the concerts, each concert will include seven tiers of ticket pricing. The concerts’ lowest pricing tier will be $19.50 tickets, with more than 1,000 tickets available in that price range at each tour stop. According to AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips, whose company is promoting the tour, the tiered ticket pricing system is the idea of Bon Jovi front man Jon Bon Jovi.
“Jon’s theory is there should be something for everybody,” Phillips told Billboard.biz, “He wants everybody to have the opportunity to buy tickets.”
Throughout the band’s 30 year career, they have performed over 2,700 concerts in more than 50 countries. In addition to the North American leg of the Because We Can tour, Bon Jovi will also be performing in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Australia. Additional dates on the World Tour are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
In terms of content for the concerts, the band is expected to perform songs from their upcoming album, as well as a collection of the band’s past hits. In an online video released Tuesday, November 20, 2012, to announce the U.S. tour dates, Jon Bon Jovi stated that it is the goal of the band to make each concert great for the fans. The initial U.S. on sale will be November 30, 2012, with more cities expected to go on sale in the following weeks.