Bon Jovi hit right note

by Kate Smith

Band impress with marathon show.

Concert season at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light kicked off in style last night, as thousands of fans of US rock gods Bon Jovi flocked to see their heroes take to the Wearside stage.

And the music giants didn’t disappoint, with a spectacular three hour set featuring all of their classic hits, including ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’, ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ and ‘It’s My Life’, along with songs from their latest album ‘What About Now’. Charismatic frontman Jon Bon Jovi even sported a red and white striped stage outfit, which certainly didn’t go unnoticed at the home of Sunderland AFC.

Over 45,000 die-hard fans travelled from as far afield as Australia for the Stadium of Light show, one of only five venues on the UK leg of the worldwide Because We Can tour - and their memorable night was topped off with a rousing rendition of the band’s iconic anthem ‘Livin On A Prayer’, which brought the show to a stunning climax.

SAFC commercial director, Gary Hutchinson, said: “It was a fantastic show and a great way to kick off our summer concert season. There’s a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to get a stadium show up and running and to see it come to fruition in such style is really pleasing.

“Once again, as a city we’ve demonstrated that by working together we can deliver major events in spectacular fashion, but with two more shows next week we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels.”

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will welcome R&B superstar Rihanna on Thursday 20 June, followed by the biggest pop show ever staged in the region, North East Live, featuring JLS, The Wanted, Little Mix, Rita Ora and host of top acts, on Saturday 22nd June.

A limited number of tickets and hospitality packages are available for both shows, see for details.