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Bon Jovi ignore trappings of stardom ahead of RDS gigs

THEY are dubbed the hardest-working band in the world, and yet Bon Jovi seem to be anything but hard work.

Preparations got under way yesterday for the New Jersey rockers' double performance at Dublin's RDS this week.

But just days before their arrival, there have been no superstar demands, no requests for brown M&Ms or a particularly rare brand of sparkling water.

In fact, Bon Jovi are so laid back they've even opted to use the Leinster rugby team's changing rooms -- no luxury trailers required here.

"They have no airs or graces about them at all; they are the nicest people you could meet," shrugged a crew member tasked with looking after the band.

It's just not very rock and roll.

In advance of their back-to-back, 60,000-capacity shows, a crew of around 60 people have begun building the steel stage.

The Irish gigs are set to be particularly special and not just because frontman Jon Bon Jovi says he has "always wanted to be Irish".

With Wednesday's concert sold out and Thursday on the verge of following suit, Ireland is thought to have one of the largest proportions of diehard fans.

"Per capita, I would say so," said site coordinator Tom Speiser.

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