The Examiner article
|Bon Jovi kicks off 2011 tour like 2010, with sell outs
If 2010 was the Year of the Jovi, then Bon Jovi’s prospects for the New Year are already starting out bright. Fresh on the heels of the band having the Top Grossing Tour of 2010, upcoming shows on the next leg of their tour are virtually sold out, again. From Sayreville, New Jersey to Zagreb, Oslo and Helsinki, the endless tide of fans in JoviNation will not be denied.
So much for the weak global economy.
Indeed, when one considers the number of personnel it takes to pull off a tour of this size and duration---not to mention the local hires in cities and towns who work the stadiums and arenas---Bon Jovi has clearly done their part to contribute to a global economic recovery. Hell, when the North American leg of the 2011 tour concludes, don’t be surprised if the national unemployment rate goes UP!
According to Pollstar, for the year-ended 2010, Bon Jovi earned top honors globally with a gross of over $208 million, with $108.2 million of that from the North American tour dates alone. While some naysayers will poo-poo the accomplishment, it’s important to note that Bon Jovi is an act nearing it’s third decade; and was up against such commercial powerhouses as Lady GaGa, and legacy performers like Paul McCartney, AC/DC, U2 and Metallica.
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