Bon Jovi have announced their return to the U.K. and Ireland, for a series of stadium shows in June 2019. The dates, which include a show at Dublin's RDS, continue a triumphant world tour that has already visited the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, and will hit Japan and Australia later in 2018.
A huge year of 80 shows and counting has also seen them inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Their This House Is Not For Sale European Tour is set to be another blockbuster.
In a treat for London gig goers, the New Jersey band will finish what they started by returning to Wembley Stadium in London, 19 years after they were the last band to play the old Wembley, and 13 years since they almost became the first to play the new stadium - until overrunning building works put a stop to that.
The RDS date sees the band return to the Dublin venue following shows in 2011, as well as dates in 2001, 2000, and 1996 and 1995.
Elsewhere in the UK, They will become among the first bands to play Liverpool’s legendary Anfield Stadium since 2008 in a city they last played during their seminal Slippery When Wet tour at the Royal Court Theatre in 1986.
They will end the tour at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, where the band performed in 2006 and 2008 to acclaim.
“Those huge shows, tens of thousands of people all together as one, that’s what we do,” says band leader Jon Bon Jovi. “We’ve become a new, rejuvenated Bon Jovi. A refreshed line up that kills every night. We sound better than ever and we’re enjoying every minute. We are out there as a band, feeding off each other and the fans, having the time of our lives all over again."
The success of latest album This House Is Not For Sale, which debuted at the top of charts around the world, was the culmination of a tempestuous period in the band’s 3 decade history. A defiant statement, launched in a series of intimate shows in 2016 (including a memorable night at London’s famous Palladium), the album became the jumping off point for a new era for Jon BonJovi and his band.
And that band has evolved since their last global trip. 2013’s Because We Can World Tour, was their third tour in six years to be ranked the #1 top-grossing tour in the world (a feat accomplished by only The Rolling Stones previously).
This will be their first UK tour since 2013 when the band played 3 epic hours to launch the British Summer Time Hyde Park festival and headlined the Isle Of Wight Festival.
They will be joined in all UK dates by special guests - Manic Street Preachers.
The band now features Bon Jovi originals David Bryan and Tico Torres alongside Jon, plus long time bassist Hugh McDonald, co-producer and co-songwriter John Shanks, multi-instrumentalist Everett Bradley and lead guitarist Phil X, who joined the band on that 2013 tour. All were on stage for an emotional set at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction to add to a momentous year.
15 June - Dublin, RDS Arena.
19 June - Liverpool, Anfield Stadium
21 June - London, Wembley Stadium
23 June - Coventry, Ricoh Arena
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Tickets for Dublin go on sale on Thursday 8th November at 9.00am from Ticketmaster, from outlets nationwide and by telephone (24 Hour): ROI: 0818 719 300, Northern Ireland: 0844 277 4455. Tickets for all U.K. dates go on sale 9am Friday 2nd November HERE.