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Bon Jovi kick off European tour

Sunday, June 12, 2011 » 10:56pm

New Jersey cult rockers Bon Jovi are in Europe on the final leg of the band’s Full Circle Tour.

According to Reuters, the group was back in its full line-up at the gig in Zagreb, when lead guitarist Richie Sambora rejoined his bandmates on stage following his recent stint in rehab.

‘Oh, it’s great to be back on the continent again’, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi said. ‘It’s the final leg of the Circle tour, the longest tour we’ve done in almost two decades. But we’re happy, we’re healthy, we’re having a good time.’

The Full Circle Tour started off back in February 2010, and the band has since played more than 85 shows all over the world at venues including the O2 Arena in London. Bon Jovi will be returning to the UK, but will also be playing in other European cities, including Munich in Germany, Istanbul (Turkey), Athens (Greece) and Lisbon (Portugal).

Speaking of how the tour has evolved since starting over a year ago, the singer said:

‘There’s a lot of songs, you know, that’s for sure — we’re playing stuff from all the albums, dating back to ‘Runaway’ to the most recent album ‘The Circle’. The song list has changed every night. For any of you who were at the O2 last summer we played a month long stint there. There was 72 different songs performed. So with any luck I’ll outdo myself on this run on the continent.’

Since their formation in the early 1980s Bon Jovi have become one of the most successful rock acts of all time. The band has sold more than 130 million records worldwide to date and played at more than 2,600 gigs over the course of their career.

Jon Bon Jovi said with being spoiled for so much choice it would be hard to pick out his most memorable performance. He said he was looking forward to the upcoming stint at Munich’s Olympic Stadium. ‘It’ll be one that I always remember’, Jon Bon Jovi said. Dublin is another favourite for the US rocker.

‘The RDS we’re revisiting in Dublin which is a place that we haven’t played in a long time that’s where the famous statement that even God and the angels had seats at the Bon Jovi concert because that was when I was talking and the lightening and the thunder hit right on queue and of course all the magical nights at Wembley stadium, closing it down. Hyde Park, nobody has ever had 93,000 people in Hyde Park before — you know with the exception of like The Prince’s Trust kind of concert. — So many things over so many years — we’re really happy to be back.’

The quartet was the biggest touring act in the world last year with ticket sales of $201 million, according to concert trade publication Pollstar.

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