Bon Jovi UK tickets cheaper than SA

2012-10-29 13:40
London - Bon Jovi are selling tickets for their shows for just £12.50 (about R175).

The Livin' On A Prayer rockers have decided to make seats for their upcoming concerts affordable to all their fans after The Rolling Stones caused scandal by charging between £95 and £375 (R1 330 - R5 250) for their 50th anniversary shows.

Rob Hallett, Bon Jovi's UK tour promoter from AEG Live, said the band felt rock fans were being priced out of the market and were determined to act.

He said: "I was delighted when they came to me insisting on ticket prices for the Because We Can tour next year that enabled all to attend."

'We're in a ­recession'

"If we are to survive as an industry we need to move away from the elitist image of high prices and even higher secondary prices [for tickets resold].

"After all, rock and roll always was and always should be the music of the people, and that means everyone."

A Bon Jovi source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "We are in the middle of a ­recession and that's why the band think £12.50 is perfect."

While the most expensive ticket for a Rolling Stones concert is £375, they are being sold on for thousands.

However, a spokesperson for promoter Virgin Live - who are putting on The Rolling Stones shows - insists the pricing is fair.

SA ticket prices

He added: "The ticket prices are in fact spread over a range of costs and are comparable and similar to other huge shows and attractions."

Band member Ronnie Wood has also defended the cost, saying: "I'd pay it. We already spent, like, a million on rehearsing, and we're not even halfway through. And the stage is going to cost millions and millions."

Bon Jovi were on Monday confirmed by Big Concerts to bring their Because We Can tour to South Africa in May 2013. Ticket prices range from R300-R1 000 for a VIP ticket.

Limited pre-sale tickets were made available via Big Concerts on Monday before going on sale on Thursday (for Johannesburg's Soccer City Complex) and Friday (for Cape Town Stadium).

More ticket details here.

* Are you excited about Bon Jovi coming to SA? Do you think their ticket pricing for their SA tour is fair? Let us know and get published!

- Channel24


  • victor.windsor - 2012-10-29 14:11


      tiaan.fourie - 2012-10-29 15:04

      No need to type in caps.

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-10-29 17:18

      rip-off prices for has-beens!!! Big concerts = Big Rip-offs!!

      peter.gugelmin - 2012-10-30 10:49

      Then what is a good venue? I always found an open air concert to have the best accoustics because the echoes are mostly eliminated. Try Coca Cola dome, Carnival city, etc. now they are terrible

  • sycomachinery - 2012-10-29 14:16

    Who is Bon Jovi?

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-10-29 16:15

      First time i hear of them, please excuse my ignorance

      art5SA - 2012-10-29 23:20

      WTF would want to attend Bon Jovi in the 1st place? Even if I got FRONT ROW SEATS FOR FREE, I still would not go to their concerts.... Sad attempt of "Rockers"... As for the Stones.... I WILL BE THERE... even if they on crutches... There simply is NOT any band that can hold a candle to the Stones!!!!!! LONG LIVE ROCK N ROLL!!!!!!

      mark.ross.779 - 2012-10-30 09:23

      Sanda they're an American rock band. Famous songs include Living on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Bed of Roses, It's My Life etc.. Quite an old school band, but should be fun. Obviously not everyone's cup of tea, but nobody's forcing anyone to get tickets.

  • customdesign - 2012-10-29 14:20

    The reason it is so expensive is because there is more competition in the market with bigger bands in the UK. The bastards are giving discount to a country where they have huge earnings and in South Africa we have to pay through our noses. They know it will be a sell out show here, they can charge what they like.

      vincent.sevenster.7 - 2012-10-29 14:33

      Because the can...

      george.outremer - 2012-10-29 14:50

      So, Because we can like to go to the concert, we must pay more...?

  • allison.steedman - 2012-10-29 14:43

    The sound was awful when they played here in 1995 - what is our incentive for giving them a 2nd chance when we are being charged double UK prices for tickets? Think I will give this one a miss.

      tiaan.fourie - 2012-10-29 15:03

      Sound has nothing to do with the band. Organisers are in charge of that.

      izaan.bryant - 2012-10-29 16:39

      Thank goodness someone else remembers! I couldn't wait to see them live in 1995 but got home feeling very disappointed. They sounded nothing like they do on the album and i could barely hear them. Think i'll give it a miss too. Bring back Rammstein!!!!!!!! They were amazing!!!

      joe.soapie.73 - 2012-10-30 08:31

      Give me a CD and a pair of good headphones any day of the week.

  • ikwagga - 2012-10-29 14:55

    Easy if you don't want to pay don't go, no one is forcing you. I shall pay a R1000.00 to go & see a world class act, but please don't ask me to spend the same sort of money on Steve Hofmeyer.

      rbphiri - 2012-10-29 15:12

      True! even if Steve Hofmeyer's concert was free, I wouldn't go!

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-10-29 14:56

    Well this is the country of rip offs. All these concerts ticket pricing is a rip off. The organisers here just wanna make more money for themselves so they rip the public off

  • bradley.oakleybrown - 2012-10-29 15:19

    Bon Jovi are well past their sell by date! I would rather pay a few hundred Rand to a number of hard working South African rock bands (past and present) They need the money!

  • rdeacon - 2012-10-29 15:28

    Dont forget that if the band is touring with a custom stage that the costs to bring that to SA are huge, We are not on any other air traffic or road transport route so they have to travel here for 2 cities only. When traveling though US or Europe those costs per person at a venue are not as high!

  • cathy.botha.39 - 2012-10-29 16:04

    I saw them when they were here a few years ago they are fab..dont know about the FNB stadium saw the eagls there and the sound was not so good.

  • cathy.botha.39 - 2012-10-29 16:05

    saw them when they were here a few yeasr ago and the show was great.not sure about the FNB stadium when the eagles where here the sound was not so good.

  • mlungisi.kunene - 2012-10-29 17:10

    Everything is expensive in Third World Countries compared to the First World countries from cost of internet connection,mobile phone services,banking fees,fuel costs, lending rates,food..while the whole world expect developing countries to drive themselves out of poverty..

  • Theresa.Langford - 2012-10-29 17:42

    Please guys, if you don't know class then shut up please!!!! Bon Jovi is still one of the greatest bands even after sooooo many years!! I would give my right arm just to be able to go see them again! I just can't afford it! I'm green with envy!!! Bon Jove I love you ALWAYS!!!!

      lesleykzn - 2012-10-30 08:56

      Same here, I saw them in JHB last time and loved every second. My daughter who was 4 at the time was so upset I didnt take her. I promised the next time they came we would go. Unfortunately I have to travel from Durban so its just too expensive. Im really upset I have to miss it...

      art5SA - 2012-10-30 09:48

      Yep @ lesleykzn... they appeal to 4 yr old intellects...

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-10-29 18:57

    Wouldn't go even if the ticket were free.

  • gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-10-29 18:59

    Uhhhhhmmm......not sure about this story. The Bon Jovi Experience (a tribute band) are touring the UK at the moment and their tickets are £12.50 They're playing at The Fleece in Bristol, which is a pub.

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-11-01 20:28

      To the 2 d*ckheads that down-thumbed me....Tour details just announced - tickets start off at £73....hate to say "I told you so", but you're probably Mirror readers and wouldn't understand anyhow ;-)

  • caine.abel.75 - 2012-10-29 20:33

    Dumb sheep following along paying any price

      Karen Gibson - 2012-10-29 23:14

      I also went to the consert 17 years ago, sound not so good, but that is the sound peoples fault. If you follow Bon Jovi you would know that they only want things 100% when coming to those things. I understand that there are people who don't like them, but lets be honest, 25+ years and still turning out number 1! Jon have been married for how long to his wife....a band with few scandle's! And not afraid to put money in, like the $2mil+ for houses, and more for cancer and youth, and not just money but time!! So yah I am very happy and proud to say that I have paid my R1000 for my ticket!! Can't wait. The price is high, but then again we also went to the Killers, and paid R500 for seating at the top in the dome!! And I could have put the CD on for that show!! No interaction at all!!! and to those who don't know who they are, believe me you do know their songs!!

  • cjamneck - 2012-10-30 03:11

    Moan moan moan sick of moaning SA! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

  • melschleich - 2012-10-30 05:37

    Would LOVE to go...but I'm planning and paying a ja. :-P

      art5SA - 2012-10-30 05:58

      1st the Engagement RING.... then the wedding RING... then the SUFFERING!!!

  • verona.fourie - 2012-10-30 06:51

    For a Bon Jovi concert, no ticket can be too expensive. Only wished I lived closer to those stadiums...

  • gerda.vanrensburg - 2012-10-30 10:00

    Based on their performance and charity work I most definitely will try to get tickets on time; In three decades as one of the world's biggest rock stars, Jon Bon Jovi has eaten in some of the world's best restaurants, savoring the best food the planet has to offer. Yet there's no place he'd rather have dinner than The Soul Kitchen, a "pay-what-you-can" restaurant he and his wife Dorothea established in a former auto body shop near the Red Bank train station in central New Jersey. The restaurant provides gourmet-quality meals to the hungry while enabling them to volunteer on community projects in return without the stigma of visiting a soup kitchen. Paying customers are encouraged to leave whatever they want in the envelopes on each table, where the menus never list a price. The restaurant is the latest undertaking by the New Jersey rocker's Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which has built 260 homes for low-income residents in recent years.

  • gerda.vanrensburg - 2012-10-30 10:05

    Our government can learn from Bon Jovi how to help people in need.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-10-30 11:31

    I like Bon Jovi I will attend if there are free tickets. Anyone willing help or is there any competition I can enter to get free tickets??? Them, U2 and Guns & Roses are my all time rock favourites.

  • christopher.goldschagg - 2012-10-30 12:43

    I bought tickets for cape town already. Please people who dont know something good when it hits you in the face, stay at home their is more than enough Bon Jovi fans around for you posers to stay at home.

  • colleen.poleman - 2012-10-30 13:36

    So South Africa is not in a recession? Can someone please explain why we always get the "golden oldies" anyway?

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