Friday 20 April 2018

Hey Jon, we're in a recession too!

Bon Jovi's Spanishi gig will cost half the normal price
Bon Jovi's Spanishi gig will cost half the normal price
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Bon Jovi fans are 'living on a prayer' that the band will slash ticket prices for the gig in Slane as they did in Madrid.

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi has announced a dramatic reduction in ticket prices for their Spanish fans.

Tickets for the band's gig in the Spanish capital cost between €18 and €39, roughly half the normal price for such concerts.

Initially, Bon Jovi opted not to play in Spain, fearing poor demand from cash-strapped fans.

But Jon, 51, said that they "didn't want to let fans down" in the crisis-hit country.

"We did a study and we saw that, due to the economic situation, Spain wasn't going to be on the roadmap," he said.

"But I didn't want to leave out fans from a country I love that has treated me well for 30 years."

The price of tickets for the sold-out Madrid show on June 27 now covers just the cost of staging the concert.

Bon Jovi waived their performance fee in order to dramatically reduce the price of tickets.

Spain's economy has received a battering in the recession and its jobless rate has soared to nearly 27pc.

The government has also embarked on a programme of harsh spending cuts and tax rises that has hit growth.

But Irish fans could also point to the dire economic situation here to plead for mercy from high ticket prices for the What About Now stars.

Although Ireland's unemployment rate fell marginally this week, take-home pay has remained stubbornly low.

The band are due to rock Slane Castle, Co Meath on their Because We Can tour.

Tickets for the June 15 gig range from €79.50 to €215 and are still on sale.

Earlier this year, guitarist Richie Sambora (53) was asked to leave the band on the current leg of the world tour.

Jon Bon Jovi said the band requested the move due to "personal reasons".

And he said that Sambora is utterly replaceable: "Fortunately for us the same guy who filled in last time was available this time," he said.

"LIFE GOES ON, SO IF SOMEONE CHOOSES NOT TO BE HERE... UNLIKE IF THIS WERE, GOD FORBID, THE EDGE, AND HE FOR SOME REASON COULDN'T MAKE A U2 SHOW, IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO JUST STEP IN."

Earlier this year, Bon Jovi spoke of his excitement at the Slane Castle concert.

"This is a huge date for me this summer. I've pretty much done everything a man can do," Jon said.

"Slane is the one you circle on the calendar."

As originally seen in The Herald

 

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