Bon Jovi Waives Performance Fee, Lowering Ticket Costs for Beleagured Spanish Fans

1:34 PM PST 05/30/2013 by The Associated Press
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The band’s sold-out concert is slated for June 17 in Madrid.

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, 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.

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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.

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