US rock supergroup Bon Jovi will waive their fee for playing a concert in recession-hit Spain next month, reports said yesterday, with special low-price tickets for Spaniards struggling in the crisis.
Tickets for the gig at the giant Vicente Calderon football stadium in Madrid are capped at €39 (HK$390) - a fraction of the top price in other countries on the band's "Because We Can" European tour.
Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, 51, told El Mundo that the economic conditions in Spain, where millions are unemployed and spending less, had threatened to knock the country off the tour list.
So as not to disappoint fans, he said the band agreed to play for free, with ticket revenues covering only the cost of staging the show and hiring the venue, which is home to Atletico Madrid Football Club.
"Bon Jovi want to change the trend of exorbitant prices that stop fans from coming to many big concerts," the organisers of the show said, announcing the special ticket prices.
"Rock 'n' roll has always been for the people, and that means for everyone," they said.
The fluffy-haired singer and his band, known for hits such as Livin' On a Prayer and You Give Love a Bad Name, launched the Europe leg of their tour in Bulgaria on May 14.