Rock band, Bon Jovi, have reportedly waived their fee for an upcoming concert at the Vicente Calderon, in Madrid, Spain on June 27, as a gesture of kindness to the fans in the financially embattled country.
The El Mundo newspaper is quoting Bon Jovi lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi, as saying “When we started planning our tour for our album, Because We Can, we did a study and found that, due to the economic situation, Spain wouldn’t be on the roadmap. However, we didn’t want to ditch the fans of a country I love and has treated me so well for 30 years.”
As a result, the band offered fans tickets at the seriously reduced price of between €18 and €39 ($23 - $50 USD). For comparison, the most expensive ticket price for their UK gig sold for the equivalent of €99 ($128 USD). The move to waive the appearance fee and the low cost of tickets means that all money from ticket sales will only go towards the cost of staging the concert.
The news will certainly be welcomed by Spanish fans who have had little to celebrate in recent years. Spain has been gripped by recession for the better part of the last four years, when the country’s property market crashed, which saw thousands of homes repossessed and many companies being forced to close their doors. This led Spain’s unemployment rate to rise to 27.2%, with the number unemployed youth soaring to a staggering 57% in the first quarter of 2013.
During their illustrious career, Bon Jovi have released 12 full length studio albums, three compilation albums and two live albums, and have sold more than 100 million records worldwide.