The Calgary Stampede is thrilled, I repeat: THRILLED, to announce that Bon Jovi, one of the most prolific and exciting live rock bands in the world, is the first major act to be announced for next year’s Calgary Stampede, July 9-18, 2010.  The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth welcomes Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres to the Pengrowth Saddledome on Wednesday, July 14.

Bon Jovi’s visit to next year’s Stampede will be the only western Canadian arena show during the band’s The Circle World Tour.  The tour will see the band spend much of the next two years on the road, performing 135 shows in 30 countries.

“Obviously, we’re overjoyed to welcome Bon Jovi, one of the hardest working rock bands in the world to next year’s Stampede,” say Jim Laurendeau, senior manager, Stampede Programming. “We know that this is just the first of many major announcements about the talented lineup we’re bringing to next year’s show. Stay tuned.”

Over the past two decades, Bon Jovi has sold more than 120 million albums, and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans.

Tickets for Bon Jovi go on sale on Monday, November 16 at 10 a.m. and range from $49.50 to $169.50 (plus applicable ticket fees). Tickets would make a terrific Christmas gift and are available online at www.ticketmaster.ca.

Everyone singalong now because you know you want to:

When I walk these streets
A loaded six string on my back
I play for keeps
‘Cause I might not make it back

I’ve been everywhere
(Ohh, yea)
Still I’m standin’ tall
I’ve seen a million faces
And I’ve rocked them all

‘Cause I’m a cowboy
On a steel horse I ride
I’m wanted
(Wanted)
Dead or alive

We can’t wait to be rocked Bon Jovi!