Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals
Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals


Bon Jovi

summer 2011 live preview

Open Air Tour (also called Circle/Greatest Hits tour)
Support: The Breakers
Ongoing until July 31
$120 - $184 (buy tickets)
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Much attention has been focused on U2's record-setting run this year, and rightfully so, but Bon Jovi has put together the highest-grossing and most-attended tour of its career-among the top 10 highest-grossing tours of all time. The band will wrap its Circle/Greatest Hits tour with a victory lap through European stadiums -- concluding July 31 in Lisbon, Portugal -- with 144 shows on the books. (The tour rambles on into its summer leg with guitarist Phil X filling in for founding member Richie Sambora, who checked himself into rehab in late April.) In addition to a run through North American arenas, since the tour began in February 2010, Bon Jovi has played seven sold-out nights at three U.S. stadiums: four at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. ($21 million gross, more than 200,000 tickets sold), two at Chicago's Soldier Field and one at Gillette Stadium near Boston. Another highlight was a 12-night stand at London's O2 Arena that took in $18 million. Produced globally by AEG Live and booked by CAA, the tour finished as the biggest-grossing of tour of the year in Billboard's 2010 Year in Music issue.