New Jersey band Bon Jovi, recently nominated for a Golden Globe for its song “Not Running Anymore” and featured in the film “Stand Up Guys,” comes to Penn State on Saturday as part of its “Because We Can” tour.
The band will be playing at 7:30 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. For this weekend, the arena has been renamed the “Bon Jovi Center,” according to the venue’s official press release. The name change began on Wednesday and lasts until Saturday.
Bon Jovi will be debuting songs from its album “What About Now,” which is set to be released on March 12th on Island Records.
The album includes the single “Because We Can,” which reached No. 1 on iTunes in 12 countries. It also includes the Golden Globe Award-nominated song “Not Running Anymore,” a song written by Jon Bon Jovi.
People are excited about Bon Jovi coming to Penn State, Bernie Punt, marketing and sales director for the Bryce Jordan Center, said.
Punt noted that the band has started and rehearsed two tours previously at the BJC, once in 2003 and again in 2011.
Saturday’s concert will mark Bon Jovi’s third time performing in the venue, he said.
The stage for the performance “takes live performance to a whole new level,” as it features a constantly revolving stage production that changes with every song that is played, according to a press release.
The same release stated that the concert’s sound system boasts 689,000 possible total watts that can be generated and it took four months to design the “Because We Can” stage.
The band surprised Penn Staters this year during the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon with a special video message from band member Richie Sambora .
It was announced that Bon Jovi was offering free tickets to Saturday’s concert to any Four Diamonds family that wanted to go.
Student Allison Leidy said she danced at THON and was on the floor with her Four Diamonds families when the announcement was made.
“They all just went insane,” Leidy (junior-human development and family studies) said.
Leidy said that both of her THON families thought what the band was offering was “incredible.” She thought that it was nice that the message was actually from someone in the band.
“The message from him personally was really awesome,” she said.
Ivy Deane was also at the final four hours of THON when the message and announcement occurred and said she was impressed that someone as famous as Sambora would make a video for dancers.
“I just thought it was amazing that he would take time out of his day to make a video,” she (senior-economics) said. “It’s a great way to reward the families who are going through tough times.”
The band began in 1983 in Sayreville, N.J. With the release of its third album, “Slippery When Wet,” the band became known around the globe.
Bon Jovi is known for popular hits such as “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Bed of Roses” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
After performing more than 2,700 live shows worldwide, Jon Bon Jovi and Sambora have never broken a guitar string during shows. With that statistic, it takes five hours to tune the two men’s guitars, every show, according to a press release.
Tickets for tomorrow night’s performance are still available, starting at $19.50. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Punt said the BJC is looking forward to hosting Bon Jovi for another concert, and he added it will be a good show because a lot of people are coming.
“Whenever you have a full house it’s fun,” he said. “[Bon Jovi] can come back every year if they want.”
Collegian arts editor Kelsey Tamborrino contributed to this report.