Bon Jovi have announced their first UK tour in six years, with stadium dates in Liverpool, London and Coventry confirmed for next summer.
The band, who were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year, will play Liverpool FC's Anfield Stadium on June 19, 2019; Wembley Stadium on June 21 and Coventry's Ricoh Arena on June 23. Support for all three shows will come from Manic Street Preachers.
Bon Jovi were the last band to play the old Wembley in August 2000 and were set to become the first to play the new stadium - until overrunning building works put a stop to that.
“Those huge shows, tens of thousands of people all together as one, that’s what we do,” said Jon Bon Jovi, “And we’ve got a few things to put right by playing Wembley Stadium. We were so excited to be the first band to play that new stadium, I would have helped build it myself to make it happen. So we have a new history to write there. We’ve had some great nights at the Ricoh too.
“Throw in Anfield as a new venue - OK that’s just us showing off! We’re honoured to play there and the first thing I'm doing is getting that iconic picture under the 'This Is Anfield’ sign."
The legendary rockers' European run is a continuation of their world tour, which has visited the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Chile and will hit Japan and Australia later in 2018. They launched their 2016 album, This House Is Not For Sale, at London Palladium in 2016. Peaking at No.5, it has sold 66,304 copies in the UK to date.
Their last global trip. 2013’s Because We Can World Tour, was their third tour in six years to be ranked the No.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 launched the British Summer Time Hyde Park festival and headlined the Isle Of Wight Festival.
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.
“We’ve become a new, rejuvenated Bon Jovi,” addd Jon. “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."