|Bon Jovi Makes History with O2 Residency
Bon Jovi kicked off a 12-date residency at London's O2 Arena with an historic rooftop performance as criticism of the band and its ticket prices lingered.
Ever-popular American rock band Bon Jovi opened The O2 arena in London on June 24, 2007 at the start of the Lost Highway Tour. One year to the month since pop star Michael Jackson’s untimely death put an end to his planned 50 shows at venue, Bon Jovi has returned for its own residency that is set to recoup some of The O2’s and AEG Live’s losses. The first of 12 concerts took place on June 7, 2010.
Ticket Price Controversy
There was a fan backlash in 2009 when ticket prices for Bon Jovi's O2 concerts were announced. Ahead of the first show, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi defended the highest prices during an interview with the Daily Mirror, claiming "Those tickets are a couple of special package tickets ... I don't really know what they are, they could be anything."
Playing on the Roof
On June 7, 2010 Bon Jovi became the first artist to play on the roof of The O2, performing a four-song set:
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