Bon Jovi 2018 tour will in­clude Metricon show

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SUZANNE SIMONOT

BON Jovi are set to an­swer Gold Coast mu­sic fans’ prayers next year when they bring their 2018 Aus­tralian tour to Metricon Sta­dium.

Lead­ing pro­moter Paul Dainty, pres­i­dent and CEO of TEG Dainty, said he had been work­ing to de­liver lo­cal mu­sic fans a sta­dium show at the home of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team.

“When Bon Jovi tours next year, I’ll bring them to Metricon,” he said.

“We had some­thing for Fe­bru­ary next year but we couldn’t get it in there with the Com­mon­wealth Games but we’ve got Bon Jovi com­ing in 2018/2019.”

The “some­thing” is be­lieved to have been The Queen tour fea­tur­ing Adam Lam­bert.

Mr Dainty’s lo­cal part­ner Billy Cross, from Cross Pro­mo­tions, said a Bon Jovi show at Metricon fol­lowed by the two­day SandTunes fes­ti­val at Coolan­gatta would help put the Gold Coast back on the sum­mer live mu­sic map.

“We had the Big Day Out back in the day and we knew how good that was for the lo­cal econ­omy,” Mr Cross said. “Hav­ing some­thing like this and Hang­Out takes it to an­other level. It’s ex­actly what we need.”

The sta­dium show would be the first concert at Metricon since the Gold Coast Big Day Out in 2014 — the year of the tour­ing fes­ti­val’s last stand.

The city was left with a gap­ing $60 mil­lion hole on its sum­mer events cal­en­dar in the wake of the demise of the Big Day Out and dance mu­sic fes- tival Sum­mafiel­d­ayze.

“It’s the best sta­dium in the coun­try but we need to do more to en­tice them,” Mr Cross said.

TEG Dainty was formed last year af­ter TEG, the Tick­etek own­ers for­merly known as Nine Live, bought Mr Dainty’s com­pany Dainty Group.

Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Ma­jor Projects Com­mit­tee chair Her­mann Vorster said yes­ter­day Mr Dainty and his SandTunes fes­ti­val part­ners had at­tracted acts such as Queen, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Guns N Roses and the Rolling Stones to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the world.

“It would be my hope that they would do pre­cisely the same on the Coast,” he said.

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