– Paul Watson, Sunderland City Council Leader
"We're delighted that once again Sunderland will be playing host to a world class act.
"It builds upon tremendous success of the last four years of concerts at the Stadium of Light, which have brought hundreds of thousands of people and, millions of pounds, into our city and our economy.
"The fact that major bands and artists continue to choose Sunderland for their concerts is proof of our ability to host major events and will provide a fantastic boost for the city."
Bon Jovi has announced five UK concert dates as part of their Because We Can World Tour in 2013:
- Etihad Stadium, Manchester - Sat 8 Jun
- Villa Park, Birmingham - Sun 9 Jun
- City Stadium, Cardiff - Wed 12 Jun
- Stadium of Light, Sunderland - Thu 13 June
- Hampden Park, Glasgow - Wed 3 Jul
Rock megastars Bon Jovi will play at the Sunderland Stadium of Light as part of their world tour.
The concert will take place in the summer of next year and tickets will go on sale on the 2nd of November
– Gary Hutchinson, Sunderland AFC's commercial director
“We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as a venue for a tour of this magnitude. Bon Jovi are one of the world’s top live bands so to have them perform at the Stadium of Light is absolutely fantastic and we can’t wait to welcome them to the city.
“The hard work and joined up approach of everyone involved in delivering these major events to the north east region has really paid off in recent years and Sunderland is now firmly cemented as one of the go-to venues for major world music tours.”