50,000 Romanian and foreign rock fans have attended the second Bon Jovi concert in Romania, hosted in the Constitutiei Square, Bucharest on July 21. The gig in the Romanian Capital ended the band’s European tour „This House is Not For Sale” started in Moscow on May 31.
Jon Bon Jovi, lead singer and guitar, David Bryan, keyboard, Tico Torres, drums, bass player Hugh McDonald, co-producer John Shanks and guitarist Phil X, have performed in a two-hour show in the Romanian capital on a 50-metre spectacular stage. At the beginning of the show, Jon Bon Jovi has said that “it is good to be back” in Romania.
Hits such as “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “It’s My Life”, “Wanted Dead Or Alive” ,”Bad Medicine” or “Livin ‘On a Prayer” have echoed in front of the famous House of Parliament in Bucharest. Many foreigners and also many families with children were seen the crowd, whistling Bon Jovi’s famous songs, a sign that good music will always live in the hearts of the connoiseurs, regardless of their age.
After a two hour show, the band bowed before the fans, thanking the audience for the energy and warm welcome.
At some point, the 57-year-old Jon Bon Jovi apologized though to the audience for „not being really on pace”.
Two Romanian rock bands have performed in the opening act: Gramofone and Firma.
Bon Jovi performed in Bucharest for the first time on July 2011.
The gig in Bucharest was organised under the Rock the City brand, an event empowered by Marcel Avram, East European Productions and De&D East Entertainment.
Within the same rock event, The Cure and Irish band God Is An Astronaut are performing on the same venue in Bucharest on Monday evening.
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Controversy on hundreds watching the show without paying
Romanian mass media reported on Monday that hundreds of people would have watched the Bon Jovi’s gig in the courtyard of the Palace of Parliament without paying, as they would have been allowed on the Parliament’s hill.
Footage with the unexpected spectators looming up out of the Parliament’s lane have been shared on the social media.
“Something beautiful, true-born Romanian. The Parliament’s hill, where ticket payers have no access, is full of people. Hundreds, in my view, with gendarmes among them. How they have got there? What the Romanian Gendarmerie, which is managing the access in the Parliament’s court, has to say about this? It would be interesting to find out”, reads a Facebook post shared by Oana Gheorghiu, vice-president of the Daruieste Viata NGO.
She also released a video footage showing tens of cars getting out the Parliament’s courtyard after the concert.
“I asked a gendarme what ticket was needed to have free access at the concert. He told be, to be on the list. The politicians callousness has no limits, for they don’t even want to pay a ticket at a concert and don’t want to mix with the rabble. I wonder in what country the Parliament is used to see such a concert for free? The Romanian Gendarmerie must provide an explanation for this incident”, she argued.
The cost of the tickets on the same lawn in front of the Parliament House ranged from RON 600 to RON 2,500.
The representative of the DDEE, Denise Sandulescu told Digit 24 that the managers of the Palace of Parliament had denied the organisers’s request to rent that area, too. “One of the managers of the Parliament House said very clear: I do what I want in my yard”, Denise Sandulescu said.
In retort to this scandal, the Gendarmerie replied: “We don’t comment allegations in the public space”.