Bon Jovi Waives Performance Fee, Lowering Ticket Costs for Beleagured Spanish Fans
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.
El Mundo newspaper and other media outlets said Thursday, May 30, that tickets for the band's sold-out concert on June 27 cost between 18 euros ($23) and 39 euros, roughly half the normal prices for such concerts.
The paper's website quoted Bon Jovi as saying the band 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 loves. So the band decided to drop their performance fee, meaning the ticket money will only cover the other costs of staging the concert.