Vancouver Sun – Update: Jon Bon Jovi is coming to Stanley Park

The promoters of a summer concert in Stanley Park aren’t ready to reveal which “rock legend” will headline their show — but the photo they’re using in their advertising campaign is Jon Bon Jovi.

Although Paper Rain Performances play coy in online ads for An Urban Forest Concert: An Evening With A Rock Legend by not naming the headliner for the Aug. 22 show at Brockton Field, the Vancouver Sun has learned that it will be Jon Bon Jovi. 

The photo Urban Forest website is using to promote the concert, despite being heavily manipulated in Photoshop, is undeniably Bon Jovi. The original photo can be found HERE.


original UPDATE: Jon Bon Jovi is coming to Stanley Park

Meanwhile, Runaway Tours, a New York-based Bon Jovi-themed travel agency, is already selling “Jon Bon Jovi in Vancouver” packages.

For $1,995 US per person, fans of the Jersey rocker get a concert ticket and two nights at the Westin Bayshore hotel. They also receive invitations to a pre-show Q&A and photo-op with Bon Jovi, and will be welcomed aboard a party cruise (probably not with Bon Jovi).


Despite the evidence, Paper Rain Performances won’t reveal the “legend’s” identity until a press conference tomorrow morning (10:15 a.m. at the Hotel Georgia residences).

“We will be announcing it on Friday,” said Paper Rain president Dennis MacDonald. “I didn’t know who it was (in the photo) … I thought it was some guy in the field with a hoe.”

MacDonald promises the show will be the biggest concert ever in Stanley Park.

Why the mystery?

“This is a very big deal for the city and we wanted to have a little fun with it,” said MacDonald.

Runaway Tours indicates the concert will just be Jon Bon Jovi. His band, Bon Jovi, starts a Asian tour on Sept. 14 in Shanghai.

Here’s another photo of Jon Bon Jovi wearing the same distinctive jacket at a music festival in 2011.


Jennifer Maloney