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Bon Jovi to play March 16 Oklahoma City show

by Brandy McDonnell Published: November 20, 2012

Rockers Bon Jovi have announced the first set of U.S. dates of a busy 2013 that will take them from coast to coast on their “Because We Can” tour.

The tour will include a March 16 show at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

For the tour, Bon Jovi is offering a wide range of ticket options, starting at $19.50, plus service charges. Ticket prices and sale date for the Oklahoma City show have not yet been announced.

The band will kick off the “Because We Can” tour Feb. 9 in Uncasville, Conn. The trek will include one-night-only performances in U.S. arenas nationwide, plus multiple stadium shows, including a two-night stand at MetLife Stadium in the band’s home state of New Jersey.

The tour will showcase new music from Bon Jovi’s upcoming album, “What About Now,” due out early next year, along with hits from the group’s 30-year catalog, including “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Bad Medicine,” “I’ll Be There for You,” “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” and “It’s My Life.”

“Because We Can” will be the fourth consecutive Bon Jovi tour promoted by AEG Live. The band’s last tour, “The Circle” in 2010-2011, grossed $265 million in ticket sales, according to Billboard.

The rock act has sold almost 13 million tickets, resulting in a gross just shy of $1 billion at the box office, according the trade publication. Bon Jovi tours finished as Billboard’s highest-grossing tour of the year twice in three years, 2008 and 2010, a feat only accomplished by the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead.

“It is no surprise that they are going to sell out stadiums and arenas around the globe, since Bon Jovi has consistently delivered the goods to their hardcore and new fans alike,” said Randy Phillips, president and CEO of AEG Live, in the tour announcement.

Overwhelming demand for the band’s previously announced Canadian dates has already led to second shows in Montreal and Toronto, according to the tour announcement. The band will expand its current tour schedule with additional North American dates including Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., Ford Field in Detroit, and more.

The group’s return to the road in 2013 will launch will continue its ongoing blockbuster run: Bon Jovi has performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, according to the announcement. After its North American trek early next year, the tour will make its way across the globe with dates in Europe, the Far East, Africa, Latin America and Australia.

For more information on the Oklahoma City show, go to www.chesapeakearena.com.

See the band’s tour itinerary after the break. Here is the tour announcement video:

“BON JOVI Because We Can – The Tour” 2013 North American Dates:

Saturday, February 9 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun

Sunday, February 10 Washington DC Verizon Center

Wednesday, February 13 Montreal, QUE Bell Centre

Thursday, February 14 Montreal, QUE Bell Centre

Sunday, February 17 Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre

Monday, February 18 Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre

Wednesday, February 20 Kanata, ONT Scotiabank Place

Thursday, February 21 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center

Wednesday, February 27 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

Friday, March 1 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum

Saturday, March 2 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center

Tuesday, March 5 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena

Wednesday, March 6 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

Saturday, March 9 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena

Sunday, March 10 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena

Wednesday, March 13 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center

Thursday, March 14 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center

Saturday, March 16 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena

Sunday, March 17 Lubbock, TX United Spirit Arena

Tuesday, April 2 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome

Wednesday, April 3 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place

Friday, April 5 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre

Sunday, April 7 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

Wednesday, April 10 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

Thursday, April 11 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

Saturday, April 13 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

Sunday, April 14 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena

Tuesday, April 16 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

Wednesday, April 17 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena

Friday, April 19 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center

Saturday, April 20 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

Tuesday, April 23 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena

Thursday, April 25 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion

Friday, July 12 Chicago, IL Soldier Field

Wednesday, July 24 E Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium

Thursday, July 25 E Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium

The tour will also hit the following cities, with additional details to come:

Memphis, TN

Milwaukee, WI

Philadelphia, PA

Portland, OR

Raleigh, NC

San Antonio, TX

Seattle, WA

State College, PA

Vancouver, BC

For more information, go to www.BonJovi.com.

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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