Formed in 1983, the group consists of its lead singer and namesake, Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. After three decades, the group has largely remained the same, a true testament to their stability and longevity. Since then, Hugh McDonald has also come aboard as a bassist.
Hailing from New Jersey, USA, a quick look at this band's remarkable music career has spawned 12 albums, 16 tours and a slew of award nominations and wins.
Notable milestones for Bon Jovi include 6 American Music Awards nominations (2 wins), 3 Billboard Music Awards (0 wins), 9 Grammy Awards (1 win), and 3 World Music Awards (2 wins). Even this year, they are nominated for three World Music Awards (Best Group, Best Live Act & Best Album).
Personally, I am not an avid follower of Bon Jovi, but some of their songs that have stuck to me are "You Give Love A Bad Name", "It's My Life" and "Have A Nice Day". These anthems somehow coloured my musical experience in my teenage years, and that is saying something about a guy who isn't a rock fan.
For this tour, there are several ticket/tour packages to choose from so that you can "Have A Nice Day" with Bon Jovi. The standard ticket range for most locations is $35-$250, with the Perth concert ranging form $35-$299, and the Adelaide concert ranging from $99-$225. Melbourne and Adelaide tickets are available through TicketMaster, while the other Australian concerts are available through Ticketet.
If you want a close-up experience of what should be a rocking concert, you may consider the Backstage JBJ Exclusive VIP Packages. To do that though, you will have to sign up as a member in the Bon Jovi website.
For the diehards, and probably with a fair bit of money, from $595 to an eye-watering $1875, you can get yourself the VIP Experience. Think front row, up close and personal, hard rock. But hurry though, most of these prime seats are already sold out, a good 7 months ahead of time.
If that isn't enough, fans can go on the Runaway Tour, complete with first-class service and vacation. However, they only have the Runaway Tour for Sydney. Its perks, if you can afford it at USD$1799 upwards, are tailor-made to pamper and spoil, making it the quintessential rock star treatment.
A teaser of the Bon Jovi concert experience - Photo Courtesy of bonjovi.com
Due to popular demand, the band announced that they will have a second concert in Melbourne, giving even more fans the chance to watch these evergreen rock heroes perform live.
Even now, you can look out for radio stations having special contests, with Bon Jovi concert experiences up for grabs, so keep your ears peeled.
Thirty years on, they are still going very strong, judging on critical acclaim and popularity in this part of the world. For the fans and diehards, all that's left to say, or sing, is "It's My Life, and it's now or never..."