ROCK giants Bon Jovi have announced a date at the Stadium of Light – promising a batch of cheap tickets for fans.
The US rockers will play Sunderland on June 13 as part of a five-date tour of the UK.
The band have also insisted a batch of tickets priced at £12.50 be available to fans in Sunderland to make the gig more affordable to all.
Tour promoter Rob Hallett, of AEG Live, said: “The band insisted on ticket prices for the Because We Can Tour that enabled all to attend giving everyone the opportunity to witness the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world.
“Ordinary fans have been priced out of live music in recent years and we hope this goes some way toward redressing the balance. After all, rock n roll always was and always should be the music of the people. And that means everyone.”
Gary Hutchinson, Sunderland AFC’s commercial director, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as a venue for a tour of this magnitude.
“Bon Jovi are one of the world’s top live bands so to have them perform at the Stadium of Light is absolutely fantastic and we can’t wait to welcome them to the city.”
“The hard work and joined up approach of everyone involved in delivering these major events to the north east region has really paid off in recent years and Sunderland is now firmly cemented as one of the go-to venues for major world music tours.”
Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said the Bon Jovi gig was another big boost for the city.
“We’re delighted that once again Sunderland will be playing host to a world class act,” he said.
“It builds upon the tremendous success of the last four years of concerts at the Stadium of Light, which have brought hundreds of thousands of people, and millions of pounds, into our city and our economy.
“The fact that major bands and artists continue to choose Sunderland for their concerts is proof of our ability to host major events, and will provide a fantastic boost for the city.”
Bon Jovi’s UK tour includes dates at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, Villa Park in Birmingham, Cardiff City Stadium and Glasgow’s Hampden Park.
The band are also touring North America, other dates in Europe, the Far East, Africa, Latin America and Australia.
The Because We Can – The Tour will debut songs from the band’s latest album What About Now, due out in the spring, as well as seeing the Stadium of Light ring with the sounds of rock classics such as Living on a Prayer and You Give Love a Bad Name.
•A limited number of general admission tickets priced at £65 will be available from the Stadium of Light’s ticket office from 9am on Friday.
Those tickets are for in-person purchases only – bookings cannot be taken via telephone and will be general admission tickets - standing/unreserved seating and a maximum eight per person is permitted.
Purchasers will be issued with a voucher which can be redeemed for an actual concert ticket nearer the time of the show.
Tickets can also be bought via www.aeglive.co.uk with the most expensive general admission tickets £125.
Hospitality tickets start at £160 per person and are available via the venue sales team on 0871 911 1555, with more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and on www.safcconcerts.com