Virtual Bon Jovi concert coming to drive-in
After hosting topnotch acts in virtual concerts by Garth Brooks, Metallica, Kane Brown and others, the 99W Drive-In in Newberg will be the site of yet another streamed concert from a music icon. Bon Jovi will perform at the virtual concert on May 22, broadcast at venues throughout the country including the 99W.
"The never-before-seen concert will be broadcast at venues around the world, including approximately 300 drive-in and outdoor theaters across the United States, Canada and Ireland, and select indoor cinemas around the globe," a press release from Encore Entertainment said. "Bon Jovi's show follows the massive success of the Encore Drive-In Nights 2020 series, which hosted global superstars Metallica, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Kane Brown and safely entertained nearly a million fans across North America."
Encore Drive-In Nights were designed to provide a concert-like atmosphere during the first summer of the pandemic, and with the virus still raging throughout the globe despite vaccine efforts, it will continue in 2021.
"Bon Jovi is a global icon and we're so happy that the band will be launching our 2021 concert season," Walter Kinzie, CEO at Encore Drive-In Nights, said in the release. "The pandemic has taught us that there are new avenues for live entertainment and this model is one of the safest and most innovative options for world-class, fun events for the whole family. There are millions of fans who don't usually attend live shows, whether it's because they live far away from the big touring arenas or because of the cost. Artists can now connect with these fans in a completely new way."
Bon Jovi, formed in 1983 and led by front man Jon Bon Jovi, has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Their commercial success includes more than 130 million albums sold and a number of top-charting hits such as "Livin' on a Prayer" and "It's My Life," among a litany of others.
"The Encore Drive-In Nights series is presented by leading event production company Encore Live, which has partnered with drive-in and outdoor theaters across the globe to provide fans world-class, live entertainment in a safe, creative way," the release said. "Artists can broadcast their performance to a new global network of indoor theaters as well, thanks to an exclusive distribution agreement between Encore Drive-In Nights and Trafalgar Releasing, allowing fans that do not have an outdoor venue nearby to have an amazing concert experience at their local cinema. International screening dates outside of the US and Canada will be announced soon."
Tickets for the Bon Jovi show go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 29, at bonjoviconcert.com. For more information on the concert series as it unfolds this summer, visit encorenights.com. Further information on what's playing at the 99W can be found at 99w.com or at the drive-in's Facebook page, where updates are frequently posted on events such as concerts or the typical weekend showings of films new and old.
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