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Bon Jovi drops concert fee for crisis-hit Spain

MADRID (AP) -- U.S. rock star Jon Bon Jovi and his band are waiving their performance fee for a concert in Madrid as a gesture to their Spanish fans hit hard by the country's severe economic crisis.

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El Mundo newspaper and other media outlets said Thursday that tickets for the band's sold-out concert June 27 cost between 18 ($23) euros and 39 euros, roughly half the normal prices for such concerts.

The paper's website quoted the singer as saying they initially planned not to play Spain, fearing poor demand from cash-strapped fans.

But he told El Mundo, "I didn't want to let fans down" in a country he loved. So the band decided to drop their performance fee, meaning the ticket money will only cover the other costs of staging the concert.

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May 31, 2013 6:05AM
For yet another time, I must say... good on Bon Jovi... I never thought I'd say that once, let alone twice in as many weeks.
May 31, 2013 5:58AM
That is a nice gesture. Meanwhile, I paid $1200 dollars for four tickets so my mom could see them them, she was 75, with her daughters. I know I didn't have to do it and I'm glad I was fortunate enough to be able to. 
May 30, 2013 5:28PM
People always manage to find fault in things others do.If you need to be critical look into the mirror that no doubt will keep you busy.
May 30, 2013 4:24PM
Zombie Sixx, very well said. I have supported Bon Jovi since they started in the 80's and the reason I continue to support them today is because they are a class act! Their music is incredible and regardless of what decade we are in, their music is always relevant. He is a true artist that has never lost touch with reality, and has stayed true to his believes and his fans. One class act.

In response to R. Roy Martin:

So compassion isn't really compassion unless it helps who you want it to help? Bon Jovi has been giving all across his career. What's wrong with your heart that you can't celebrate generosity wherever it's given?


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