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Behind the Scenes: Bon Jovi at Mohegan Sun 9 May 2011
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Bon Jovi's been around a long time. The band has played almost 3,000 concerts in more than 50 countries since the late 1980s.

The band's "The Circle" tour was the top-grossing concert tour of 2010. They're still on the road now, several months into their Live 2011 tour.

Bon Jovi's tour this year included two stops at Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, Conn.: one in March and one Saturday night. NBC 10 went behind the scenes in March to see how the stage is set up.

The trucks roll in before dawn, and the crews get to work. Crew chief Make Savas said at this point in the tour, they have it all down like clockwork.

"Starts at 5 a.m., and we're set up around noon. So, it takes about six or seven hours to knock it out," Savas said.

Savas said the first step is "mark out."

"Mark the floor with chalk, set up the rigging points, the metal cables that hold everything up," Savas said. "They lift that up, and that's the lighting and video rig above your head. While that's being done, they actually build the stage at the other end of the floor. It's on 200 wheels, so they'll roll the stage in with about 30 people pushing it."


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