Bon Jovi announced the dates and a surprise opening act for their long-awaited “Bon Jovi 2020 Tour,” which will hit the road beginning in June and continue through the end of July, making this summer one of the most hotly anticipated for fans of the legendary rock band.
In an official Facebook post, the band shared their concert dates. The tour will begin in Tacoma, Washington and will end in New York City, where Bon Jovi will play two shows at the legendary Madison Square Garden.
In the announcement, the band detailed when tickets will go on sale. They also gave out ticket presale information for members of their fan club on their official website, BonJovi.
One of the biggest surprises for fans was the announcement of the tour’s opening act. Legendary rocker Bryan Adams will open for Bon Jovi at 16 of the 18 scheduled dates thus far.
Bryan, a staple of rock radio throughout the 1980s and 1990s, will likely perform some of his best-known songs during his set — including “Summer of ’69,” “Cuts Like a Knife,” and “Run to You.”
The new tour is in support of their newest studio album, 2020. Although the band has yet to announce an official release date for the album, it is expected to drop sometime this year. All tickets sold for the new tour will be bundled with a copy of the album.
The band has been working on the material for their latest album for the better part of a year.
Jon Bon Jovi spoke to Extra about the album’s concept.
“It’s not political, but it’s very socially conscious, you know, just awareness of so many things going on in the world right now. Whether it is the environment or politics, it’s just the wider array of things that need our attention right now.”
The singer, songwriter, and father of four debuted his song “Unbroken” at the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City in December 2018. He was joined by service members on stage for the performance. The revealing tune details the story of a soldier returning home from war and how it feels to readjust to civilian life.
The song was written for Josh Aronson’s documentary, To Be of Service, about veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who are paired with service dogs.
Bon Jovi has released fifteen studio albums, five compilations, and three live albums to date. The current band members — as well as former members Richie Sambora and Alec Jon Such — were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.