Bon Jovi announces two-year 'Circle' tour

Planning to perform 135 concerts in 30 countries by 2011

NEW YORK -- Bon Jovi, the enduring rock band with a name that's synonymous with its home state of New Jersey, announced Thursday a two year 2010-11 world tour at a press conference and concert performance at the Meadowlands Entertainment Complex. "The Circle World Tour" will be a globe-circling trek and include the two inaugural events at the soon-too-be-completed stadium that will be home to the Giants and Jets football teams.

Tickets for the May 24-25, 2010 concerts at the New Meadowlands Stadium go on sale on Sat. Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.

The band will kick off its North American tour on Feb. 19 in Seattle, Wa. and plans 135 shows in 30 countries by the time it wraps up in 2011. The tour will include a summer residency at London's O2 Arena venue starting next June.

Bon Jovi's most recent album, "The Circle," is set for a Nov. 10 release and promises a return to the more hard rock sounds which propelled the roup to stardom after a turn towards country music on "Lost Highway."

At the announcement today, the band played a short set for 5000 fans, contest winners and construction workers working on the new arena.

AEG Live, which worked with Bon Jovi on its last two tours, will once again serve as worldwide tour promoters for "The Circle World Tour."

Here are Bon Jovi's 2010 "The Circle World Tour" North American tour dates:

Feb. 19: Seattle, WA (KeyArena)
Feb. 22: San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion)
Feb. 24: Phoenix, AZ (Jobing.com Arena)
Feb. 26: Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)
Mar. 2: Sacramento, CA (ARCO Arena)
Mar. 4: Los Angeles, CA (STAPLES Center)
Mar. 6: Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
Mar. 8: Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Mar. 9: Omaha, NE (Qwest Center)
Mar. 11: Wichita, KS (INTRUST Bank Arena)
Mar. 13: Fargo, ND (Fargodome)
Mar. 15: Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
Mar. 17: Detroit, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
Mar. 19: Montreal, QC (Bell Center)
Mar. 20: Montreal, QC (Bell Center)
Mar. 23: Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center)
Mar. 24: Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center)
Mar. 29: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
Apr. 7: St. Paul, MN (Xcel Center)
Apr. 10: Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
Apr. 13: Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
Apr. 15: Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)
Apr. 17: Tampa, FL (St. Pete Times Forum)
Apr. 18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (BankAtlantic Center)
Apr. 21: Nashville, TN (Sommet Center)
Apr. 22: Charlotte, NC (Time Warner Cable Arena)
May 26: East Rutherford, NJ (New Meadowlands Stadium)
May 27: East Rutherford, NJ (New Meadowlands Stadium)
July 15: Edmonton, AB (Commonwealth Stadium)
July 17: Winnipeg, MB (Canad Inns Stadium)
July 20: Toronto, ON (Rogers Center)
July 24: Foxboro, MA (Gillette Stadium)
July 28: Regina, SK (Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field)
July 30: Chicago, IL (Soldier Field)
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