London's newest music venue, the O2 Arena, enjoyed a hitch-free first night with a sellout concert by Bon Jovi.

The New Jersey rockers played their greatest hits and selections from new album "Lost Highway" (Universal Island) - currently No.1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart - to 20,000 fans. They also included covers of Lulu's "Shout" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

Jon Bon Jovi will have pleased venue developers AEG, which has invested heavily in state-of-the-art acoustics for the venue, when he noted from the stage: "It sounds good in the O2."

Bon Jovi also concluded "Who the hell needs Wembley Stadium?", in reference to London's other new showpiece live venue, which staged its first concert on June 9, with George Michael as headliner. Bon Jovi had been due to play that venue's first night in 2006 before construction delays intervened.

While last night's O2 opening seemed free of the huge queues and refreshment shortages that marred Wembley Stadium's belated opening show, it's likely to be Wembley's sister venue, the 12,750-capacity Wembley Arena, and west London's 20,000-capacity Earls Court, that will have most to fear from this new venue, built on the site of the former government-funded theme-park-turned-white-elephant the Millennium Dome.

Artists booked into the O2 Arena in the coming months include Snow Patrol, Andrea Bocelli, Justin Timberlake, Barbra Streisand, Scissor Sisters and the Rolling Stones. Prince will play 21 dates at the venue in August and September.

The arena is part of the O2, a larger entertainment complex that also features Indigo, a smaller 2,300-capacity live music venue that stages its first public event on June 28, the AOL Summer Cooler. The 20-acre site will also house bars and restaurants, an 11-screen cinema complex and an exhibition space.