Lost Highway Tour

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Lost Highway Tour
World tour by Bon Jovi
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Location North America, Asia, Oceania, Europe
Associated album Lost Highway
Start date October 25, 2007
End date July 15, 2008
Legs 7
No. of shows 99 in Total
Box office US $210.7 million ($234.38 in 2016 dollars)[1]
Bon Jovi concert chronology

The Lost Highway Tour was a worldwide concert tour by the American rock band Bon Jovi, that took place from October 2007 to July 2008 in support of their 10th studio album Lost Highway. Originally planned as a 2008 greatest hits tour, the tour was changed to promote Lost Highway after the album's worldwide success, reaching #1 in several countries when released in June 2007.

Immediately after the album's release, the band performed a string of promotional summer concerts in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom and Japan. The tour began proper in October 2007 with ten concerts that would mark the opening of New Jersey's Prudential Center, before doing a tour of Canada and then tours of Japan, Australasia, the United States and Europe in 2008.[2] Bon Jovi also played their first concert in New Zealand in 12 years as part of the tour.[3]

The Lost Highway Tour is a finalist for the Billboard 2008 Touring Awards for Top Tour, Top Draw, and Top Manager.[4]

Background[edit]

During the opening concert in Prudential Center in Newark on October 25, 2007, Jon Bon Jovi announced that the band is starting a world tour with 10 shows in Prudential Center. The next day, record company Island confirmed through official press release on their web site Jon's statement and also announcing that band will visit Canada, United States, Japan, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and many other countries. Label also announced dates for Canadian, Japanese and United States concerts on same day. Jon's world tour announcement, interview and concert footage was available for free to the media to download at 12:01 AM EST on Friday, October 26, 2007 through Bon Jovi's profile on The NewsMarket's official website.[5] To mark the launch of the world tour, video album Lost Highway: The Concert (2007) was screened in over 100 movie theaters for a one night only on November 6, 2007.[6] MaxMouth has partnered with AEG Live to produce the premier Web TV series "On the Road with Bon Jovi" and was filming all Bon Jovi concerts in Prudential Center in Newark from October 25 to November 11, 2007. They released 5 webisodes that premiered independently on several biggest web portals, including maxmouth.com. "On the Road with Bon Jovi" also included exclusive interviews and performances by My Chemical Romance, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Daughtry and All American Rejects, who appeared as supporting acts during 10 night stands. Once each webisode premiered it was reverted to Bon Jovi's official website and remained inside custom co-branded MaxMouth & Bon Jovi video player.[7]

Bon Jovi also performed for the first time in Australia since 1995. Tickets for Australian concerts went on sale in morning of November 15, 2007, and tickets for Sydney and Melbourne were sold in couple of minutes. Due the overwhelming demand, second and final show was added at Sydney's Acer Arena on January 22, 2008.[8] Since three concerts at Air Canada Centre on December 6, 2007, December 7, 2007 and March 10, 2008 quickly sold out, Bon Jovi also added fourth concert for March 12, 2008 and fifth for March 13, 2008. making them the first act to ever play five concerts on the same tour at Air Canada Center.[9][10]

Tour highlights[edit]

The Lost Highway Tour has seen the band perform songs rarely heard live since the These Days Tour, for example "Hey God", "I Believe", "Lie to Me", "This Ain't a Love Song" and "Always" in its original version. At several of the band's summer stadium shows, the band was known to play extremely long setlists, some of them running nearly three hours, totaling approximately 26 songs, including encores that sometimes had as much as seven songs.

The band also spontaneously played "Stick to Your Guns", from the New Jersey album for the first time in twenty years at the Amsterdam gig, after Jon Bon Jovi noticed seventeen banners held up in the front row with the lyrics to the song printed on them. The band played in Rock in Rio Lisbon on May 31, 2008, making it their first concert in Portugal since 1995. The band played a free concert in Central Park, New York City, to 60,000 fans in conjunction with Major League Baseball and Bank of America, as part of MLB All Star Game week.

Lead guitarist Richie Sambora took the lead for one song at most shows with either "I'll Be There for You", "These Days" and occasionally "Stranger in This Town". Keyboardist David Bryan also sang solo very rarely with "In These Arms", on which rhythm guitarist Bobby Bandiera also took the lead guitar solo.

Bon Jovi have also performed "Dry County" frequently.

It has also been announced both during concert and on the official band website that a live DVD from the last two nights of the tour at Madison Square Garden will be released.

Before the band was set to perform at the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, there was a bomb threat at the stadium. The band finally took the stage at about 9:00 p.m.

A fan jumped on top of Jon at the concert at Punchestown in Ireland just before the bridge of "In These Arms", and it took four security guards to take her off.

Set list[edit]

Bon Jovi once again had long set-lists like from the Have a Nice Day Tour with 25 songs, that changed from night to night. Here is the average set-list:

  1. Lost Highway
  2. Born to Be My Baby
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Raise Your Hands
  5. Runaway
  6. Summertime
  7. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead/Jumpin' Jack Flash
  8. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  9. In These Arms
  10. Any Other Day
  11. We Got It Going On
  12. It's My Life
  13. Keep the Faith
  14. I'll Be There for You (Richie Sambora on lead vocals)
  15. (You Want To) Make a Memory
  16. Blaze of Glory
  17. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine/Shout
  20. Livin' on a Prayer

Encore:

  1. Hallelujah
  2. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
  3. Wanted Dead or Alive
  4. I Love This Town

Personnel[edit]

Bon Jovi
Additional personnel

Tour grossings[edit]

The first 22 shows grossed 41.4 million dollars, placing their tour at #11 on the list for top grossing tours of 2007. The band's second North American leg of 38 shows grossed $56.3 million in ticket sales according to pollstar making it the number one concert draw in North America for the first half of 2008. Bon Jovi's 10-night run to open the new Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey was the #1 Grossing event in 2007 and the #6 Grossing event "of all time" in North America. The band's 5-night stand at Toronto's Air Canada Centre set the record for the most number of shows in one tour at that venue, beating the previous record of 4 held by the band, as well as U2, The Spice Girls, and The Police. The third leg of the tour the band played to over 966,000 fans. On the fourth leg of Europe they played to over 1 million concert goers in 22 shows. The combined gross of the tour's first, second and third legs was $129 million, with $16.4 million from the Newark shows and $112.4 million from the remaining shows placing them first on Billboards midyear touring chart.

The tour was the highest grossing tour of 2008 in Billboard's rankings. The tour grossed $210,650,974 and sold 2,157,675 tickets in total.[11] In Pollstar's calculus for North America, the Lost Highway Tour had the fifth-highest gross for 2008 at $70.4 million.[12]

Supporting acts[edit]

For the run at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, the support acts were My Chemical Romance, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Daughtry, and The All-American Rejects, with each support act playing two of the ten dates. Hedley opened for Bon Jovi during the Canadian leg of the tour, forcing them to postpone their headlining Canadian tour until early 2008. Daughtry opened for Bon Jovi during the second North American leg of the tour. The Feeling supported Bon Jovi at four of the summer dates in the United Kingdom, with Biffy Clyro supporting on the first night at Twickenham. Kid Rock and Razorlight opened for Bon Jovi at Punchestown, Ireland, with local Irish band DC Tempest. Switchblade opened for Bon Jovi in Bristol,UK. In Australia, local bands Front Counter (Melbourne), OohLaLa (Sydney), and The Violet Flames (Perth) won the support slot through a radio contest. New Zealand band The Valves were the support act in Christchurch

Tour dates[edit]

Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of "Live Earth"
Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
North America
July 7, 2007[A] East Rutherford United States Giants Stadium 48,831 / 48,831 $3,993,759
October 25, 2007 Newark United States Prudential Center 138,322 / 140,000 $16,379,070
October 26, 2007
October 28, 2007
October 30, 2007
November 1, 2007
November 3, 2007
November 4, 2007
November 7, 2007
November 9, 2007
November 10, 2007
November 14, 2007 Montreal Canada Bell Centre 31,525 / 31,525 $3,246,160
November 15, 2007
November 17, 2007 Ottawa Scotiabank Place
November 19, 2007 London John Labatt Centre 9,762 / 9,762 $1,173,749
December 6, 2007 Toronto Air Canada Centre
December 7, 2007
December 9, 2007 Winnipeg MTS Centre
December 10, 2007 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
December 12, 2007 Edmonton Rexall Place
December 13, 2007 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome
December 15, 2007 Vancouver General Motors Place 31,143 / 31,143 $2,963,969
December 16, 2007
Asia
January 11, 2008 Nagoya Japan Nagoya Dome 12,113 / 12,113 $1,061,623
January 13, 2008 Tokyo Tokyo Dome 60,549 / 60,549 $5,272,912
January 14, 2008
January 16, 2008 Osaka Osaka Dome 23,426 / 23,426 $2,052,026
Oceania 2008
January 19, 2008 Melbourne Australia Sidney Myer Music Bowl 13,147 / 13,147 $1,829,807
January 21, 2008 Sydney Acer Arena 35,632 / 35,632 $4,162,237
January 22, 2008
January 25, 2008 Perth Subiaco Oval 28,790 / 28,790 $3,300,500
January 27, 2008 Christchurch New Zealand AMI Stadium 29,526 / 33,271 $3,465,730
North America
February 18, 2008 Omaha United States Qwest Center 16,977 / 16,977 $1,271,660
February 20, 2008 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 19,743/ 19,743 $1,661,602
February 21, 2008 Milwaukee Bradley Center 17,076 / 17,076 $1,352,436
February 23, 2008 Chicago United Center 54,818 / 54,818 $4,893,109
February 24, 2008
February 26, 2008
February 28, 2008 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 18,255 / 18,255 $1,674,063
March 2, 2008 Philadelphia Wachovia Center 37,440 / 37,440 $3,253,717
March 3, 2008
March 5, 2008 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena 30,475 / 30,475 $2,295,530
March 7, 2008 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 18,791 / 18,791 $2,349,195
March 8, 2008
March 10, 2008 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 56,011 / 56,011 $5,614,674
March 12, 2008
March 13, 2008
March 15, 2008 Pittsburgh United States Mellon Arena (look above) (look above)
March 16, 2008 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 22,115 / 22,115 $1,295,963
March 18, 2008 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center 32,733 / 32,733 $2,987,235
March 19, 2008
March 31, 2008 Denver Pepsi Center 16,738 / 16,738 $1,386,228
April 2, 2008 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose 28,343 / 28,343 $2,358,420
April 4, 2008 Anaheim Honda Center 32,131 / 32,131 $2,456,470
April 5, 2008
April 8, 2008 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose (look above) (look above)
April 9, 2008 Los Angeles Staples Center 16,205 / 16,205 $1,515,282
April 11, 2008 Glendale Jobing.com Arena 16,852 / 16,852 $1,478,803
April 12, 2008 Paradise MGM Grand Garden Arena 15,063 / 15,063 $2,230,573
April 14, 2008 Dallas American Airlines Center 17,076 / 17,076 $1,537,464
April 15, 2008 Oklahoma City Ford Center 15,811 / 15,811 $1,152,442
April 17, 2008 Kansas City Sprint Center 32,131 / 32,131 $2,456,470
April 19, 2008 Fargo Fargodome 25,065 / 25,065 $1,575,979
April 20, 2008 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena 15,277 / 15,277 $1,173,472
April 22, 2008 Kansas City Sprint Center (look above) (look above)
April 24, 2008 Nashville Sommet Center 16,420 / 16,420 $1,502,217
April 26, 2008 Sunrise, Florida BankAtlantic Center 18,307 / 18,307 $1,554,550
April 27, 2008 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum 18,061 / 18,061 $1,501,956
April 30, 2008 Atlanta Philips Arena 32,964 / 32,964 $2,851,856
May 1, 2008
Asia
May 20, 2008 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Emirates Palace 15,291 / 15,291 $1,714,313
Europe
May 22, 2008 Gelsenkirchen Germany Veltins-Arena 38,918 / 38,918 $3,350,126
May 24, 2008 Munich Olympiastadion 70,473 / 70,473 $6,089,353
May 25, 2008 Leipzig Zentralstadion 34,084 / 34,084 $2,837,203
May 28, 2008 Hamburg HSH Nordbank Arena 28,947 / 28,947 $2,392,643
May 29, 2008 Stuttgart Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion 36,768 / 36,768 $2,952,905
May 31, 2008 Lisbon Portugal Rock in Rio Lisboa 48,831 / 48,831 $3,993,759
June 1, 2008 Barcelona Spain Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys 46,255 / 46,255 $4,046,421
June 3, 2008 Frankfurt Germany Commerzbank-Arena 37,187 / 37,187 $2,985,360
June 4, 2008 Ebreichsdorf Austria Magna Racino 47,598 / 47,598 $4,397,906
June 7, 2008 Kildare Ireland Punchestown Racecourse 46,171 / 46,171 $4,729,571
June 11, 2008 Southampton England St Mary's Stadium 30,284 / 30,284 $2,669,609
June 13, 2008 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam Arena 34,512 / 34,512 $2,817,625
June 14, 2008 Brussels Belgium King Baudouin Stadium 31,041 / 31,041 $2,517,796
June 16, 2008 Helsinki Finland Olympiastadion 44,376 / 44,376 $4,594,027
June 18, 2008 Oslo Norway Ullevaal Stadion 30,612 / 30,612 $3,399,884
June 19, 2008 Auning Denmark Gammel Estrup 28,657 / 28,657 $3,023,070
June 21, 2008 Glasgow Scotland Hampden Park 39,756 / 39,756 $3,564,277
June 22, 2008 Manchester England City of Manchester Stadium 57,235 / 57,235 $4,607,410
June 24, 2008 Coventry Ricoh Arena 31,295 / 31,295 $2,874,196
June 25, 2008 Bristol Ashton Gate 23,431 / 23,431 $2,567,812
June 27, 2008 London Twickenham Stadium 92,852 / 92,852 $8,916,065
June 28, 2008
North America
May 26, 2008 Paradise United States Mandalay Bay Events Center 9,636 / 9,636 $1,910,002
July 5, 2008 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheatre 22,823 / 22,823 $1,270,885
July 6, 2008 Sarnia Canada Sarnia Bayfest 15,443 / 15,443 $1,369,622
July 7, 2008 Auburn Hills United States The Palace of Auburn Hills 16,036 / 16,036 $1,314,545
July 9, 2008 Boston TD Banknorth Garden 30,141 / 30,141 $2,585,289
July 10, 2008
July 11, 2008 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome 13,937 / 13,937 $1,705,745
July 12, 2008[B] New York City Central Park n/a n/a
July 14, 2008 Madison Square Garden 36,536 / 36,536 $4,079,017
July 15, 2008
July 20, 2008 Cheyenne Cheyenne Frontier Days 18,102 / 18,102 $1,085,508
B This concert was for the MLB All Star Game"

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References[edit]

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