American rock legends Bon Jovi play Anfield on Wednesday 19th June, their first time in the city for 33 years. The highly anticipated gig comes just a week after Take That wowed the crowds and brought special guest Gerry Marsden on stage to perform ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
Kicking off the UK leg of the tour at Anfield, Bon Jovi are set to light up the city with more than three decades of hits in their back catalogue, including bangers ‘It’s My Life’, ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and of course, the one, the only, ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’.
With more than 130million records, 18 tours, 15 studio albums and countless awards and accolades under their belt, this is sure to be one hell of a gig. Original band members, David Bryan, Tico Torres and of course, Jon are joined by bassist Hugh Mcdonald, John Shanks, Everett Bradley and Phil X, for a one off, unforgettable gig in Liverpool.
Buses will operate from 17:00from Sandhills station.
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The best way to get to Anfield is by public transport. Parking is extremely limited and there will be some road closures in place ahead of the gig. Don’t get left outside, read on to plan your travel.
Merseyrail is not only operating regular services from the city to Sandhills station, it’s also teamed up with Soccerbus to run a shuttle service to Anfield from Sandhills Station from 5pm and after the gig too. Get your train and bus combined tickets here.
The 917 shuttle service runs from Lime St/St George’s Plateau from 5pm on Thursday. This service will also operate from 10pm after the gig for the return route.
From Liverpool city centre you can also get on the 26 at Liverpool ONE or the 17 from Queen Square Bus Station. The 68/168 also connects Anfield to Bootle and Aigburth. Head to www.merseytravel.gov.uk to check times and routes.
The turnstiles open at 5pm on Wednesday with the gig starting at 7pm. The expected finish time is 10:30pm so still plenty of time to sing your way back into town for a few drinks.
When it comes to warming up for one of the most successful and renowned rock bands of all time, you just know the support act is going to be amazing. BRIT & NME award-winning, Welsh rockers, The Manic Street Preachers get this incredible accolade and we couldn’t be happier. Get ready to belt ‘A Design For Life’, ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ and ‘Australia’ like its 1996.
As with all stadiums there’s some advice on what you can and can’t take inside. Try and carry what you need in your pockets or in a small bag as anything larger than an A5 piece of paper wont be permitted and there is no luggage holding facility at the stadium. No umbrellas, glass or plastic bottles bigger than 500ml, signs or banners on poles, selfie sticks or big cameras.
Anfield is an entirely no smoking venue and once you’re inside the stadium complex, you will not be readmitted should you decide to leave to smoke. Once you’re in, you’re in.
You don’t need to hit up an ATM before the gig as Anfield is card-friendly. All food and drink kiosks are cashless so no need to have change rattling round when you’re rocking out. Full list of FAQ’s here.
The gig is set to finish at 10:30pm and if you’re not quite ready to head home, we’ve got a few recommendations to rock late into the night.
First up there’s an official after show party! The Boot Room Sports Café at Anfield will host a post-gig bash with Radio City DJ Lee Butler and special guests on the decks with a fully licensed late bar. Tickets are £25 and are available here.
Liverpool Gin Distillery’s Dark Spirits Whisky Bar awaits with a wee dram and Aether Bar at Liverpool ONE is serving up amazing cocktails and tasty snacks with its new collaboration with Yu Donut. More Liverpool bars and restaurants here.
You can still get your hands on some tickets for Bon Jovi at Anfield on Wednesday night. Head to Live Nation here and it’ll be a Bed Of Roses!
Just two years after their formation, Bon Jovi released their third album, the iconic ‘Slippery When Wet’ which sold over 20 million copies and gained two number one singles, ‘Livin’ On a Prayer’ and ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ both absolute bangers.
Did you know Bon Jovi we’re originally going to be called Johnny Electric? Not quite as cool some how.
Jon Bon Jovi is going to love Anfield. He used to own a majority share in AFL team Philadelphia Soul and mentioned that Jon also mentioned he can’t wait to get his picture taken with the famous ‘This is Anfield’ sign at the ground. Defo a red then!
Bon Jovi’s keyboard player, David Bryan has actually studying medicine when he got the call from Jon to join the band. The two had gigged together previously and David later realised it was music that ran through his veins.
In 2018 Bon Jovi was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame after winning the 2017 fan ballot with 1.1 million votes.
Since 1983, Bon Jovi has successfully completed no less than 18, yep, EIGHTEEN tours, visiting pretty much every country and continent around the globe. They were also the first band officially sanctioned by the government to perform in the Soviet Union back in 1989.
Jon Bon Jovi has dabbled with acting throughout his career but his role as Seth, the photographer in Sex & The City brought him back into the consciousness of millions of women. That was one seriously steamy game of Twister and it’s no surprise he’s been voted sexiest man/rock star on more than one occasion.
Tickets and Gold Hospitality for Bon Jovi at Anfield are available through Live Nation here.
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