Bon Jovi Set For First Jazz Fest Appearance

Bon Jovi has been added to the lineup of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this spring. The rock act will make its first appearance at the festival on May 2.

Bon Jovi joins previously announced performers Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Kings Of Leon, Tony Bennett, the Neville Brothers and Sugarland. Another significant addition will be announced in the coming week, according to organizers.

This year's Jazz Fest will be held the weekends of April 24-26 and April 30-May 3 at Fair Grounds Race Course. For ticket information, visit NOJazzFest.com.

Also confirmed to appear at the event are Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Erykah Badu, Etta James, Pete Seeger, Spoon, Common, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy, Julian Marley, Los Lobos, Drive-By Truckers with Booker T. Jones and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

On the festival's opening day, New Orleans native Marsalis will perform the composition "Congo Square," featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Yacub Addy and Odadaa!.

As previously reported, Bon Jovi has been filming a documentary and mixing a live DVD of its "Lost Highway" concert tour.

"Also, I think we're looking at doing a greatest hits album next year. Jon and I are writing some new songs for it and to just load up for the next Bon Jovi record," Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora told Billboard.com last November.

Sambora said he expects the DVD and best-of effort to be packaged together for a fall 2009 street date. The Nashville-tinged "Lost Highway" was a critical and commercial success, but Sambora says the band won't necessarily return to that style again.