Wembley Stadium gigs relocated

The venue won’t be ready in time

Wembley Stadium’s summer gigs have had to be relocated due to buildings delays at the London venue.

Bon Jovi were due to be the first band to headline a show at the new site on June 10-11 but will now play at Milton Keynes Bowl.

Take That’s shows on June 24-25 will also now happen in Milton Keynes.

Due to play at the new Wembley Stadium on August 20 and 22, The Rolling Stones will now play Twickenham, and there is also a major doubt as to whether Robbie Williams will be able to play his five concerts in September.

According to BBC News, no football matches are due to take place there until 2007.

Multiplex, the building company in charge of the Wembley Stadium construction, have said they had until “at least September” to finish the venue.

However, they are hoping for “substantial completion” by the end of June.

Speaking about the relocation of their gig, Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi said: “Having closed the original Wembley Stadium, it would have been a fitting honour to open the new one. However, the most important element was always the live concerts themselves. So while the location may have changed, the celebration will remain the same.”

He added: “Thank you to our fans – for your loyalty and your patience. We’ll see you for two great nights of rock ‘n’ roll at Milton Keynes.”

Meanwhile Take That’s Gary Barlow said: “We’re more than happy to hold the shows at Milton Keynes Bowl, it’s going to look great. We saw the stage-set this week, it’s unbelievable. I think it’s going to better any of our other tours.”

The Rolling Stones’ European tour promoter John Giddings appeared on BBC Radio Five Live this morning and said it was a “national disgrace” that England could not build a stadium like other countries.

“We will definitely be playing concerts on those days in London and we have to consult with Wembley this morning because we haven’t been told officially that we can’t play there,” he said.

Originally the stadium’s opening event was due to be the FA Cup final on May 13.