Jon Bon Jovi has a message for his fans: the show will go on.
Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia have relocated the cancelled Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia to Rogers Arena for 8 p.m. on Aug. 22.
“You know it’s a great saying especially when it’s true. Jon has had blown out knees, and torn muscles and flu and everything else. Thirty years and 3,000 shows and its absolutely incredible,” Paul Korzilius of Bon Jovi Management tells Billboard. “The man is true to his word and will fight through anything hell or high water to make it happen and he certainly has in this case.”
In a statement released by management, the group said the pieces are in place for the show to happen at Rogers Arena. The last time the musician appeared there was in 2013 with his main band, Bon Jovi, to a sold out show of 16,500 people.
Fans who purchased tickets to the cancelled Stanley Park show are advised to bring their tickets with them to Rogers Arena and they will be assigned to a seating section according to the ticket level previously purchased. No additional tickets will be sold.
“It’s pretty complex to pull this off and we felt that if we added extra layers to a complex situation, everything falls apart,” Korzilius explained.
To recap: Bon Jovi was set to perform with his side band, The Kings of Suburbia, on Aug. 22 for a special show in the park with Robbie Krieger of The Doors as the opener. Bon Jovi Management said in a statement that the promoter’s failure to do proper diligence in producing the show, including providing staging material and paying crew members, lead to the show being scrapped.
“They didn’t have the permit and they didn’t have the stage which are two key elements,” Korzilius said. “It was in shambles.”
Since then, the promoter — Paper Rain Performances — has taken down its website and is claiming to be insolvent.
“At this point in time, it is really is just about attorneys and we have gone on record saying that we are going to seek legal action as best we can if that is what the courts will permit,” he said.
Bon Jovi, said Korzilius, was nevertheless determined to perform the show as scheduled.
“Jon is making good on a promise, he is not going to abandon just because the promoter goes belly up,” he said.
With only a day and a half to scramble, Bon Jovi called Korzilius to see if the show could be saved.
“Jon called me, and said ‘make it happen,’” he said.
Korzilius put in a call to Michael Doyle the general manager of the arena, who told him the venue was available.
“To find a major arena on a Saturday night in town and it was available is crazy,” he said. “ Everyone involved scrambled their butts off to make this happen. We had a day and a half but we did it.”
At press time on Thursday, the band was in rehearsals and readying the show before traveling on Friday.
“My job is to make sure when Jon hits the stage, everything is good,” he said. All said, Korzilius said the group is ready for a “fantastic show.”
“We are very happy that Rogers Arena was available,” he said. “Jon Bon Jovi takes care of his fans. He loves them dearly and respects them greatly.”
Read Paul Korzilius’s official statement from Bon Jovi Management Below:
“Ever since we were forced to announce the cancellation of Stanley Park, Paper Rain Performances has perpetuated confusion and misinformation. Through it all, it has been Jon’s main concern that he find a way to make good on the promoter’s failed attempt to put on the show. Finally, the stage is set and we can confidently announce that all proper pieces are in place for a great show. Vancouver is a special city for Jon, who recorded three albums and given countless performances here. The task of relocating could not have been possible without Rogers Arena’s support. We also commend our partners, Tourism Vancouver and Tickets Tonight for their quick, diligent work. As we said on Monday, Jon has always been willing, able and excited to perform on Saturday – now it’s real.”