Permit Problems Derail Bon Jovi Show

An upcoming Bon Jovi concert scheduled for Vancouver, British Columbia’s Stanley Park won’t take place following planning troubles for the promoter.

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A Bon Jovi spokesperson said in a statement “the band was ready and willing to give a great performance on [Aug. 22]” but the local promoter had failed to secure the correct permits for the show.

“We have recently learned that Paper Rain Performances has failed to get proper permits from the city of Vancouver, they have not procured staging materials and they have failed to pay staging, security, lighting vendors, etc. As such, they have not met their contractual obligations,” the statement said. Paper Rain responded in a statement to the Vancouver Sun that it had requested a postponement of the show but it was “unable to gain the agreement of the artist’s management at this time regarding this postponement. We remain hopeful that a future date can be confirmed.”

The promoter was expected to pay around $60,000 in rental fees for use of the park for the concert, the Sun said, and had also pledged to donate up to $100,000 from ticket sales to an educational charity in Ethiopia. Vancouver parks board GM Jonathan Snoek told the paper the agency “made every effort to assist organizers in meeting our protocols in the past months.

“The Board is supportive in general of special events and concerts in our Parks, providing they meet our standards and provide fun, safe and orderly environments for attendees,” Snoek said.