20-plus shows planned for first band to play at the venue
BON JOVI are to play a residency at the O2 next summer, with tickets for the series of shows set to go on sale by the end of this month.
The New Jersey rockers have some special affinity for the domed arena in Greenwich, since they were the first act to use the place as a music venue.
That was only two years ago, but the O2 has already become the go-to arena for major music acts touring through London.
"When Jon Bon Jovi opened the 02 with the words, 'Hello London, welcome to your new home', little did he realise that we were already plotting to make it his new home," said Rob Hallett of Bon Jovi promoters AEG Live.
"Bon Jovi are the best live band in the world. This one could run and run."
Details of exactly how many shows Bon Jovi will be playing at the O2 have yet to be revealed, but "more than 20" is one message being put out. What is on-record is that the residency starts on 4 June 2010 and is likely to be the only stop in Europe during BJ's upcoming world tour.
Tickets for the O2 shows will go on sale on 30 October.
Meanwhile, Bon Jovi fans won't have to wait until next summer to get a fix of their favourites; the band's new album, The Circle, comes out on 2 November.