2013 is shaping up to be the year of the stadium gig already. Joining Green Day and most of the Football League are New Joisey rock-icons Bon Jovi who will be performing at a handful of key football stadiums as part of their Because We Can - The Tour world tour next year.
What a combination that's going to be - rather than 'the referee's a ******', 'who the ******* hell are you?' and 'you'll never make the station', the grounds will instead reverberate to more respectable fist-pumping chants such as 'we're halfway there/ woah, livin' on a prayer' and 'ooh we gotta keep the faith', as well as selections from their eagerly anticipated new album due in the spring.
Aptly-titled "What About Now?" (yes Jon, 2013 is as good a time as any), the release heralds Bon Jovi's 12th studio-album and marks 30 years in the business during which time the band have shifted well over 100 million sales worldwide. Although their eponymous debut and second album "7800 Farenheit" nose-dived, it was 1986's "Slippery When Wet" that elevated, nay rocketed, Bon Jovi into the mainstream and they've been there ever since - they've given rock a good name [like it! - Ed].
After the release of "What About Now?" and the last ball/ player has been kicked in the football season, five national grounds will be converted into Bon Jovi shrines and will bear witness to one of the most explosive rock shows on Earth. The Jovi know how to put on a show, the first of which will be at Man City's Etihad Stadium on 8th June 2013, followed by Villa Park in Birmingham (9th June), Cardiff's City Stadium (12th), Sunderland's Stadium of Light (13th) and then north to Glasgow's Hampden Park on 3rd July.
We'll speculate that Wembley might get a visit as well at some point, but for now we will have tickets for these massive regional shows from 9am on Friday 2nd November, with prices due to range from just £12.50 to £125, with many prices in-between depending on the ground and the seat. Let's hope they improve the pies by then.