The soon-to-be Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees of Bon Jovi are headed to New Orleans. Their March 25 date at the Smoothie King Center will be the band's first arena concert in the city in more than two decades.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Jan. 19 following various pre-sales, including for fan club members and American Express cardholders.
Bon Jovi last headlined an arena in New Orleans on July 23, 1989, when the epic tour in support of the "New Jersey" album stopped at the UNO Lakefront Arena. At the time, such anthems as "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Bad Medicine" and "Livin' on a Prayer" were omnipresent on rock radio and MTV. Since then, the band's only public appearances in New Orleans have been at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2009 and 2011.
Otherwise, the band's frequent tours -- Bon Jovi ranks among the top-grossing touring acts in the world -- have bypassed the city.
Jon Bon Jovi and company will return to the Big Easy on the spring leg of the tour in support of the 2017 album "This House is Not For Sale."
In addition to vocalist and founder Jon Bon Jovi, the current incarnation features longtime keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres and bassist Hugh McDonald. Phil "X" Xenidis now occupies the lead guitar role once held by Richie Sambora. Xenidis performed with Bon Jovi at the 2011 Jazz Fest, when Sambora was in rehab. After Sambora left the band in 2013, Xenidis became his permanent replacement.
In April, Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class. The band was the overwhelming favorite of the fan portion of this year's vote.
In conjunction with the upcoming tour, which kicks off March 14 in Denver and concludes May 14 in Washington D.C., Bon Jovi has released a new version of its "This House is Not For Sale" album featuring two new songs. It will be available for download and via streaming services on Feb. 23.