Bon Jovi Is the Hottest Tour of 2013, Promoted by AEG Live

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Bon Jovi has embraced the digital age, while continuing to deliver hit records. Here’s an insider’s look at the numbers behind the biggest show on Earth.

Photo by David Bergman

Photo by David Bergman

In July, the New Jersey rockers earned the number one spot on Pollstar’s list of the Top 100 tours of 2013.

Three decades in, Bon Jovi remains the highest grossing band on the road. The New Jersey rockers earned the number one spot on Pollstar’s 3rd Quarter Review for the Top 100 World Wide Touring Acts for 2013. The band is currently touring North America through November, garnering some of the best live reviews of their career. The Vancouver Sun raved, “Bon Jovi kicked off the third North American leg of their Because We Can tour with a gig that proved they still rank among the best arena performers around.” According to The Seattle Times, fans raised “decibels to Seahawks stadium levels.” For a full list of dates, visit BonJovi.com.

Firsts and number ones come easily to Bon Jovi. In 1995 they were the first artist to shut down West 53rd Street in New York City for a live performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. In another Late Show milestone, they were the first band to perform on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theatre in 2000, with a raucous version of “It’s My Life.” In 2010, Bon Jovi became the first band to distribute music through a social game and the first to sell tickets directly through Facebook. 2013 saw them launch the largest Augmented Reality campaign in history.

Bon Jovi has embraced the digital age, while continuing to deliver hit records. The band’s latest release, What About Now, is the third consecutive disc to enter the Billboard Album Chart in the top slot. Now, for the third time in five years, Bon Jovi has the hottest box office. What does it take to be number one? Here’s an insider’s look at the numbers behind the biggest show on Earth.

130,000,000+    Albums Bon Jovi has sold globally
35,000,000+    Fans who have seen a Bon Jovi concert
2,000,000+    Projected audience for the Because We Can Tour
698,000            Watts the sound system can generate
19,500        Labor hours that went into the manufacturing of the stage set
8,000        High strength magnets that lock the stage together
7,500        Projected miles travelled on the North American BWC Tour
3,000        Feet of power and control cable used on the motion systems
2,800+        Shows Bon Jovi have performed worldwide
1,800        Lighting cues the crew has to program during one show
1,000        Road cases used to transport equipment
807                Kilowatts of power consumed for one show
425                Meals prepared and served to the crew daily
400                Cups of coffee made on tour daily
78                Fulltime touring crew members
70                Local crew hired daily
15                Television screens on each tour bus
10                Crew members who sleep on a bus
7                Hours it takes to set up the production and staging
7                Drums Tico has in his set on stage
7                Guitars Jon used on tour including 3 electric and 4 accoustic
6                Weeks it took to build the stage
4                Months it took to design the stage
4                Keyboards and pianos David has on stage
3                Number of times Bon Jovi has been named #1 touring act in the world in the last
                        5 years

ABOUT BON JOVI

Over an illustrious career spanning three decades, Bon Jovi has earned their place among global rock royalty. With more than 130 million albums sold worldwide to date, an extensive catalog of hit songs, and more than 2,800 concerts performed in 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, Bon Jovi are the consummate rock n' roll band. WHAT ABOUT NOW, their latest (and 12th) studio album is out now and includes the hit single “Because We Can.” With a focus towards the future, Bon Jovi is offering fans an unprecedented interactive experience via the free BON JOVI APP at the heart of the WHAT ABOUT NOW album and tour. The mobile application ties together the newest Bon Jovi content and Augmented Reality software to bring the Bon Jovi experience to life through fans' mobile devices.

For more information on the “Because We Can” Tour, please visit: http://www.bonjovi.com/.

ABOUT AEG Live

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. AEG Live’s touring divisions of Concerts West, Atlanta Worldwide Touring, The Messina Group, AEG Live New York and Europe, and Marshall Arts consistently promotes and produces top 10 international tours. The company currently produces residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. http://www.aeglive.com

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