NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – Hometown band DeFrance has been chosen to open for Bon Jovi in North Little Rock.
In addition to opening for Bon Jovi on March 20, the band will also be featured on Verizon Arena social media pages, website and we will have local radio talk about the band.
Bon Jovi’s legacy is as much about giving back as it is about epic performances on record-setting tours. In 2017, the Grammy-winning global rock icons and newly announced Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees gave 28 talented acts an opportunity to spotlight their talent to capacity crowds on the This House Is Not For Sale Tour. When the This House Is Not For Sale 2018 Tour kicked off in March, bands across North America once again had a shot at a coveted opening slot on the tour.
“We’re more than excited to play some Arkansas rock ’n’ roll alongside such great musicians that we’ve admired since our youth. After years of hard work and persistence, we would like to thank Bon Jovi for this amazing opportunity. We are looking forward to seeing all of our family, fans, and friends at Verizon Arena!” says band manager, Drew DeFrance.
This is the third tour in recent years that the Grammy Award®-winning band has invited local and regional artists to share the stage (2006’s Have A Nice Day Tour and 2010’s The Circle Tour). Those chosen will demonstrate that they have the sound, style, and substance to open an arena show.
The This House Is Not for Sale Tour (2017) was Bon Jovi’s first outing since the band’s 2013 Because We Can World Tour. 2013’s tour was their fourth in six years to be ranked the No. 1 top-grossing tour in the world (a feat accomplished by only The Rolling Stones previously) with a total of $259.5 million.
Bon Jovi also earned the No. 1 grossing worldwide tour in 2010 for The Circle Tour, with $201 million total, and 2008’s Lost Highway tour, which earned $210.6 million. Bon Jovi’s touring legacy was recognized with the “Legend of Live” award at the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards prior to the kick-off of The This House Is Not for Sale Tour.