JON Bon Jovi wants Sunderland to sing along to the band’s hits tonight.
That’s the message from the man who’s toured the world with the act for the past eight years.
Gordon Hyndford is the advance stage manager for the US rockers and has been at the helm of constructing the band’s stage for the past three days at the Stadium of Light.
Tonight the fruits of the crew’s labour will pay off when Bon Jovi take to the stage in what’s promised to be a rock ’n’ roll spectacular.
“The UK crowds are one of Jon’s favourites because they sing along,” said Gordon. “He loves it when the fans interact with him and give him energy back.”
So what can fans expect from tonight’s show?
Gordon said: “It’s a typical Bon Jovi show: it’s two and a half to three hours of pure energy.
“Jon’s been touring for a long time, but he still enjoys it. He has a big smile on his face and a lot of energy, and when he hits that stage, he’s ready to perform.”
He added: “It’s one of their best shows yet in terms of set design, and features a 1959 Buick car as well as tonnes of images and videos.”
As part of the Because We Can tour, the band will perform tracks from latest album What About Now as well as Bon Jovi classics such as Keep the Faith, Livin’ on a Prayer and Always.
Gary Hutchinson, SAFC commercial director, says the show is set to be a high-octane start to this summer’s Stadium of Light gigs which also include Rihanna and North East Live next week.
“This has been eight months of planning, and it’s great to see it coming to life,” he said. “People are in for a great show.
“The Futureheads are supporting Bon Jovi, and it’s great that a global promoter is recognising local talent as well.
“It’s not as big a production as say Coldplay or Take That, but it’s a pure rock ’n’ roll show.”
Stadium doors open from 4pm, with support acts starting at 6pm. Bon Jovi will begin around 8pm.
•We want to know your views on the Bon Jovi gig. Tweet your comments using #SunderlandBonJovi or email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.