04 May. 2013

Why go watch Bon Jovi? Because we can-the tour South Africa 2013

Veteran rock stars celebrate 30 years as an act with a tour across the globe and with the South African leg  in Cape Town next Tuesday 7th May as Capetowners have their socks rocked off at the Cape Town Stadium!

As this is without a doubt something that occurs only once in a lifetime and celebrates 3 decades of a 4 piece that has come a long way from their humble beginnings in the sleepy New Jersey town of Sayreville in 1983 and it was anything but easy.

Their rise to cult status as one of the quintessential pop/rock live bands is renowned the world over as they shot to stardom with their critically acclaimed 3rd album, “Slippery When Wet” and from there the rest is history. Their catalogue of music includes 12 studio albums, 3 compilations and 2 live albums which saw them make the US Top 40 Billboard charts 13 times from 1986 to 1995 and included my personal favourite, “Bad Medicine and it’s clear to see why their fan-base of young and old alike stand at 35 million and counting.

I remember living in Pringle Bay as a boy and having nothing other than my CD collection to keep me company in the rural emptiness I shared with holiday makers and wanting to grow my hair simply to perm it and dawn leather vests just like Bon Jovi as I spent my days blasting, “You Give Love A Bad Name”. Thinking back, the music was and is awesome in its simplicity and staying power.

The Legends themselves celebrating their achievement

Clearly the people of planet earth agree as the quartet have been the #1 grossing world tour twice in the past 3 years and despite mp3 and file piracy have sold 125 million albums to date! The good news is that should you be unable to attend the Cape Town leg of the “Because We Can-The Tour” the show moves on to Johannesburg on 11th May at the FNB Stadium thanks to  MNET, Highveld Stereo in partnership with BIG CONCERTS to blow the minds of those lucky enough to attend such an epic event.

A musical resume that in my humble opinion make the legendary musician the US answer to U2 and far more real because BONO has his shades and philanthropy whereas Bon Jovi simply dawn Samsonite locks that can fade, go grey & even dye but one fact will remain clear.

That Bon Jovi have rocked our socks off for 3 decades and will continue to do so for the generations that lie in wait for their own gut-wrenching rise to stardom as the soundtrack to their lives reminding us to “Keep the Faith” and join them as they embark on what is sure to be one of many more sold?out world tours, “Because We Can”.

Ticket Information & Tour Dates

7 May 2013 Cape Town Stadium (Tuesday)
11May 2013 Johannesburg FNB Stadium (Saturday)

Tickets for both are available from Web, Outlets and Call Centers and for enquiries visit: http://www.bigconcerts.co.za OR http://www.computicket.com

Now that you know where to buy what matters here are some facts to remember for the Cape Town show on Tuesday 7th May 2013;

  1. Gates open at 5pm. Please arrive early to avoid queues.
  2. Transport Information will be available on bigconcerts.co.za and publicized in the local press in due course.
  3. If you have a Golden Circle standing ticket enter through the gates at Granger Bay Boulevard into Fort Wynyard (P2) parking, follow the signage.
  4. If you have a General Admission standing ticket enter through turnstiles 12-18 on Granger Bay Boulevard.
  5. If you have a seated ticket you must enter through either the Main Turnstiles 1 – 11 at McDonalds or North Turnstiles 19 to 22 off Beach Road.Attached is the detailed venue map.
  6. If you bought your tickets online (print at home) please make sure you print out your E-ticket, fold it as indicated on the ticket prior to arriving at the event to avoid creasing and damaging the barcodes, and ensure that you bring your E-ticket with you to the venue as we cannot reprint E-tickets at the venue for safety – and security reasons. Your E-ticket needs to be of high print quality to ensure a positive scan at the venue. Please note we cannot scan tickets off any mobile device.
  7. For E-tickets purchased from bigconcerts.co.za, please review your printer settings before you print. The document must print to its actual size so that the folding lines print to the edge of the paper.If the document is fit to print to the paper size it will print the barcode too far away from the edge of the paper, and the barcode scanners at the turnstiles will be unable to read your ticket.
  8. Don’t forget to bring with you on the day: your tickets, ID (if you intend to consume alcohol), cash (NO ATMs on site) and appropriate clothes for any weather conditions.
  9. Umbrellas, cameras or recording devices including iPads are NOT permitted.
  10. Food and beverage will be available for sale inside the stadium. No alcohol may be brought to the stadium and security will refuse entry into the venue to any persons that are heavily intoxicated.

For more information visit:

http://www.bigconcerts.co.za or http://www.bonjovi.com

Now you have no excuse to not attend and celebrate this monumental piece of rock n roll history, so hurry and buy your ticket before you spend your days kicking yourself for missing it.


Carl Piek

About the author

Carl Piek
Carl Judas Piek @carlpiek Veteran freelance journalist & student of Gonzo who's every word can only pay homage to the world's greatest journalist. Edior-in-Chief of Capetowners.com for the past few months whose sole duty is to bring you entertainment & night life news that is both thought-provoking and informative. "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." -Dr. Hunter S. Thompson


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