Bon Jovi waive Madrid gig fee to help Spain’s economy

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi says he didn't want to 'ditch' fans

Bon Jovi have waived their performance fee for a forthcoming gig in Spain.

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi said the band decided to perform for free at the Estadio Vicente Calderón in Madrid on June 27 because of Spain’s economic crisis. Tickets for the gig were not free, though, with many sold at a reduced price of 18 (£15) and 39 (£33) euros.

The singer told Spain’s El Mundo newspaper that when the band were planning this summer’s European tour, Madrid had originally been left off the list of venues over fears that the event might not sell out because of Spain’s economic crisis. “When we started planning our tour for our album, ‘What About Now’, we did a study and found that, due to the economic situation, Spain wouldn’t be on the roadmap,” he said. “However, we didn’t want to ditch the fans of a country I love and has treated me so well for 30 years.” Ticket sales will go towards the costs for the venue, operating costs and show staff, according to El Mundo.

Unemployment in Spain jumped to a record 27.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, with the number of young jobless people soaring to 57 per cent. That prompted fears fans would not be able to afford the full price for tickets, which would normally be priced at 76 euros (£65).

Guitarist Richie Sambora recently pulled out of the band’s current world tour, citing “personal reasons”.