Gone Jovi

STA­DIUM FEES GIVE US A BAD NAME AS COAST LOSES ROCKER TO BRIS­BANE DUST BOWL

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - SUZANNE SIMONOT

THE ex­or­bi­tant charges im­posed on Met­ri­con Sta­dium have been blamed for cost­ing the Gold Coast the chance to host the Queens­land leg of Bon Jovi’s Australian sta­dium tour.

The US su­per­group known for hits in­clud­ing You Give Love A Bad Name, It’s My Life and Livin’ On A Prayer will play the sec­ond-rate Queens­land Sports and Ath­let­ics Cen­tre, at Nathan in Bris­bane, on De­cem­ber 6 as part of its This House Is Not For Sale world tour.

The band, which last toured Aus­tralia in 2013, will also play sta­di­ums in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Ade­laide, with tick­ets on sale on June 29.

The Bulletin un­der­stands the Suns had two dates on hold to ac­com­mo­date the Bon Jovi sta­dium show.

Gold Coast Suns chair­man Tony Cochrane said the pro­hib­i­tive costs in­volved in hir­ing Met­ri­con had favoured the less ex­pen­sive QSAC in Bris­bane.

“We were cer­tainly con­sid­ered for Bon Jovi but they’ve done a deal in Bris­bane,” he said. “There is no ques­tion trans­port costs, polic­ing costs and the over­all cost base of run­ning Met­ri­con Sta­dium are bleed­ing us to death.”

The band’s Australian pro­moter Paul Dainty, pres­i­dent and CEO of TEG Dainty, told the Bulletin in Septem­ber he would get Bon Jovi to play the Gold Coast on their next Australian tour.

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

Mr Dainty told the Bulletin at the time he had been work­ing to de­liver lo­cal mu­sic fans a sta­dium show at the home of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team

“We had some­thing for Fe­bru­ary (2018) but we couldn’t get it in there with the Com­mon­wealth Games but we’ve got Bon Jovi com­ing in 2018-2019,” he said.

A Bon Jovi Coast show would have been the first concert at Met­ri­con since the Gold Coast Big Day Out in 2014 – the year of the tour­ing fes­ti­val’s last stand.

The Coast has been left with a gap­ing $60 mil­lion hole on its sum­mer events cal­en­dar since the demise of the Big Day Out and dance mu­sic fes­ti­val Sum­mafiel­d­ayze al­most four years ago.

“The Gold Coast will con­tinue to miss out on ma­jor en­ter­tain­ment like this while we have the most ex­pen­sive sta­dium to hire in the coun­try,” Mr Cochrane said.

A spokesper­son for the Min­is­ter for Sport, Mick de Brenni said Sta­di­ums Queens­land did not set the hir­ing fees for Met­ri­con Sta­dium.

“These are set by the AFL as the lease holder and the Gold Coast Suns as the venue op­er­a­tor,” she said.

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