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Forget the Stones... Bon Jovi bring rock back to Slane

Rockers Bon Jovi are set to headline at Slane Castle next year.

The Livin' On A Prayer stars are tipped to be announced as the top act for a 2013 concert.

It was widely speculated that The Rolling Stones could make history by become the first band to play the iconic venue on three occasions -- but sources now say that Bon Jovi will be the inspiration for 80,000 air guitarists next summer.

Last time the band played here, frontman Jon Bon Jovi ended up undergoing knee surgery. However, that doesn't appear to have put him off, as sources say the band are keen to play the open air gig.


Slane Castle owner Lord Henry Mountcharles will hold a press conference tomorrow to announce the headline act.

According to insiders, he will reveal that Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres are bringing their Because We Can tour to Meath.

"Bon Jovi will be topping the bill as part of the new world tour," a source said.

The American group played the RDS in Dublin for two nights last June in what was a widely praised Circle Tour.

But it didn't all go to plan as Bon Jovi had to extend his stay in the capital to undergo surgery at the Sports Surgery Clinic (SSC) in Santry after locking his knee while performing in Helsinki a few days earlier.

The Bed Of Roses band announced just days ago that they will kick off a new stadium tour in February.

However, not everybody will be overjoyed by the news as speculation was rife that The Rolling Stones would play Slane, after previously headlining in 1982 and 2007.

Other acts who are thought to be on the bill for next year include Muse, Snow Patrol, Green Day and Coldplay.