Bieber, Bon Jovi keep it low-key

2013-05-05 14:00

One’s an old-school rock’n’roller and the other is developing a reputation for being a difficult pop brat, but neither Jon Bon Jovi nor Justin Bieber have made particularly outlandish demands for their South African tours, which kick off this week.

Bon Jovi and his band perform in Cape Town on Tuesday night and in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

Canadian superstar Bieber is in Cape Town on Wednesday night and Johannesburg on Sunday.

“The four concerts in South Africa – two for Bieber and two for Bon Jovi – are costing us R105 million,” said Attie van Wyk of Big Concerts.

Bon Jovi is more expensive than Bieber.

Van Wyk would not say by exactly how much, only that Bon Jovi is “quite a few million dollars more”.

“We’re experienced music promoters and have handled international concerts for 22 years. But it’s been a long time since I’ve had as many butterflies in my stomach as I have now.

“Never before have we tackled such big concerts in the space of just six days.”

The two acts will together bring about 220 000 music lovers through the gates of the Cape Town and FNB stadiums.

Bon Jovi’s touring group consists of 56 people, while Bieber will bring 70 people with him.

“Both artists are coming to the country in their private aircraft. Actually, they are very secretive about their arrangements and will be doing their own thing in the three free days,” said Van Wyk.

“I do know Jon Bon Jovi is bringing his family and they are going on a safari between his two concerts.”

He’s not sure of Bieber’s plans, although the 19-year-old star and his manager, Scooter Braun, like to play golf when they are on tour.

Van Wyk said both artists asked for a list of the top 10 restaurants in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

“They usually phone to do their restaurant reservations them-selves because they normally only eat after midnight and then make special arrangements.”

The band members also asked for information about the shark-diving tours in Gansbaai and about the Cape’s wine farms.

“There weren’t really any exorbitant requests from them.”

Private companies will handle the artists’ motor transport.

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