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Bon Jovi headed to Staples Center in April
We'd been expecting the itinerary for Bon Jovi's next U.S. tour since before Halloween, when Canadian and European routes were revealed within days of each other.
Now the entire rundown for the band's Because We Can tour, has fallen into place, launching from Connecticut in February, a month ahead of 12th album What About Now (their first in four years), and wrapping up stateside on April 25 at San Jose's HP Pavilion.
Logically, the Jersey boys' Southern California appearance is just before then, April 19 at Staples Center, with a stop the next night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Tickets for select dates go on sale Nov. 30, but probably not West Coast shows. Stay tuned for exact details.
Obviously new concert activity lulls during holiday weeks, but there are still a few gigs about to go on sale.
English songbird Ellie Goulding, already appearing Feb. 9 at the Wiltern in addition to Night 1 of KIIS-FM's coming Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre, has added yet another performance, her biggest yet: Feb. 12 at the Hollywood Palladium. St. Lucia opens. Tickets, $34, go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m.
Death metal band Nile headlines March 27 at City National Grove of Anaheim, $20, on sale Friday at noon. Meanwhile, Great White has announced a Dec. 19 gig at the Grove, with Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil opening … though you'd think that would have gone on sale by now. More on that soon. (The pairing is also expected to play Dec. 18 at Aqua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs.)
Speaking of heavy rock: At the Observatory on Jan. 16, Paul Di'Anno, Iron Maiden's original vocalist, will perform "for the first and last time" that band's self-titled 1980 debut in its entirety, plus staples from its follow-up, 1981′s Killers. Those are the two seminal albums he sang on before being booted from the band and replaced by mainstay Bruce Dickinson for The Number of the Beast. Tickets, $20, are on sale now.
Headed to that Santa Ana venue's Constellation Room: Sisu, with Tropical Popsicle, Colleen Green and Sir Sly, Nov. 28, $10; the Colourist, Dec. 6, $10; Lowley Spects, with Lonely Wild, Mike Edel and Tyson Motsenbocker, Dec. 13, $8; and Of Mice & Men, with Woe Is Me, Volumes and Capture the Crown, Jan. 16, $16.
New at the Coach House: Big Head Todd & the Monsters, April 4, $30; and a solo shot from drummer Carl Palmer, who just played the San Juan Capistrano venue with the reunited Asia, April 12, $25.
And coming to the Glass House in Pomona: Moving Units, Dec. 22, $15; and the Brothers of Brutality outing featuring metal bands Emmure, Whitechapel, Unearth, Obey the Brave and the Plot in You, Jan. 19, $18-$20.