Bon Jovi Kicks off North American Tour this Weekend
By: Gary Graff

After a successful trek through Europe, Bon Jovi returns home for a second leg of its Because We Can Tour, kicking off tonight (July 12) at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

These will be the first stadium dates on these shores, the centerpiece of which is a 131-foot-wide front end of a 1959 Buick Electra 225, complete with working headlights, as well as a massive video screen.

Jon Bon Jovi tells us that he thinks the prop makes a statement about both the band and its music:

"It's just representative of who and what we are. It's Americana. It's big. It's sort of proud in its presentation, if you will, that hood and the hood ornament and the way it stands there and shines and changes its hue...It's great. I gotta tell ya, it's great.  I'm very anxious to take it to America. You want to show your friends and neighbors, from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to our first time in Ford Field (in Detroit) to Gillette (near Boston) and everywhere else we're going with this beautiful production, 'cause you're proud of it."

Bon Jovi -- supporting its latest album, What About Now -- is playing just seven shows on this U.S. swing, breaking before returning to the road to perform in Mexico City on September 10 and at the Rock In Rio festival on September 20.

The group hits North America again during October and November, with six Australia dates in December and Japan in 2014. Guitarist Richie Sambora is still on the sidelines for unspecified personal reasons but has hinted that he might return for the fall dates.

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