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Bon Jovi tour coming to Raleigh amid wave of PNC Arena announcements

In this Oct. 19, 2016 photo, members of Bon Jovi – (front row from left), Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, (back row from left), Phil X, and Hugh McDonald pose for a portrait in promotion of their new album “This House is Not for Sale.” The newly announced Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees will bring their tour to Raleigh.
In this Oct. 19, 2016 photo, members of Bon Jovi – (front row from left), Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, (back row from left), Phil X, and Hugh McDonald pose for a portrait in promotion of their new album “This House is Not for Sale.” The newly announced Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees will bring their tour to Raleigh. Invision/AP

Bon Jovi is coming to Raleigh this spring, about two weeks after the group is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Bon Jovi’s “This House Is Not For Sale” tour is scheduled to play Raleigh’s PNC Arena on April 24.

That will follow the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on April 14 in Cleveland, where Bon Jovi, Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and North Carolina native Nina Simone will be inducted.

After VIP pre-sales, the public on-sale date for Bon Jovi’s Raleigh show will be Jan. 19, via Ticketmaster.

The Bon Jovi announcement is part of a continuing thaw from the 2016 concert freeze-out that resulted from the passage of North Carolina’s controversial “Bathroom Bill.” That triggered a wave of North Carolina boycotts and cancellations that hit PNC Arena particularly hard, with Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, Demi Lovato and Cirque du Soleil among those canceling shows.

But following last year’s compromise repeal of HB2, concert bookings are slowly picking up again across the state.

So far, PNC’s spring-into-summer concert schedule looks like this:

March 16: “90s Block Party” with Guy featuring Teddy Riley, 112, Ginuwine, Jagged Edge, NEXT

March 24: Winter Jam with Skillet, NewSong, Kari Jobe, Building 429, John Crist, KB, Jordan Feliz, Nick Hall

April 17: The Eagles

April 24: Bon Jovi

May 26: Sugarland (Just announced this week)

June 22: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi

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