Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan released the announcement that Bon Jovi would be embarking on a world-wide tour, “Because We Can” 2013 music extravaganza that is scheduled to begin in Montreal, Canada on February 13, 2013.
The first dates announced also include Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary and Winnipeg, with U.S. dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
Bon Jovi will also tour Europe, the Far East, Africa, Latin America and Australia. The tour will once again be produced globally by AEG Live and will be in support of the upcoming album “What About Now,” to be released in March, 2013.
Bon Jovi has accomplished a historic touring feat that only a limited few of the great bands through out history have yet to accomplish, on the top of the list with music giants such as “The Rolling Stones, and the Grateful Dead.”
Bon Jovi has played more than 500 venues around the world since 2000, selling nearly 13 million concert tickets, and grossing close to $1 billion in box office sales. Billboard Boxscore stats reveal that Bon Jovi tours finished as Billboards highest-grossing tour of the year twice in three years, 2008 and 2010.
The band’s most recent tour the “Circle” world tour finished up in the summer of 2011 with a $365 million total gross, according to Boxscore, making it seventh all time among the highest grossing tours in history.
In an interview with Billboard last year, front man Jon Bon Jovi revealed that the band’s global popularity and the broad demographic of the band’s fans has continued to grow through out the years.
“I’m very aware that there are two generations of fans out there,” he said. “We’ve known that for the last decade. But I don’t look like the fat old guy yet, either. I’m not in the ‘fat Elvis’ suit yet.”
Canadian Tour Dates (U.S. Dates To Be Announced):
Feb. 13: Montreal (Bell Centre)
Feb. 17: Toronto (Air Canad Centre)
Feb. 20: Ottawa (Scotiabank Place)
April 2: Calgary (Scotiabank Saddledome)
April 3: Edmonton (Rexall Place)
April 5: Winnipeg (MTS Centre)
The guys from Bon Jovi have recently been experiencing some major solo triumphs also while on Bon Jovi hiatus, Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi’s guitarist, released “Aftermath of the Lowdown,” his third solo album, on Dangerbird Records last month, and David Bryan, the band’s pianist, won a Tony Award for his score to the musical “Memphis.”
Bon Jovi announced that the full “Because We Can” 2013 tour schedule and new album news updates will be announced in the upcoming weeks.