Bon Jovi weekend concert in Vancouver canceled

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Posted: Aug 18, 2015 12:18 AM
Bon Jovi weekend concert in Vancouver canceled

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A weekend Bon Jovi concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, has been canceled after the city said the promoter had failed to obtain the required permits.

The show — which also featured the Kings of Suburbia — was scheduled for Saturday, a day after Bon Jovi planned to release its special fan album "Burning Bridges" as a tie-in to its international tour. It's Bon Jovi's first album since guitarist Richie Sambora left the band in 2013.

Bon Jovi Tours Inc. issued a statement saying it "shares the disappointment of fans" over the cancellation.

"The band was ready and willing to give a great performance on Saturday," the statement read. "Unfortunately, the local promoter, Paper Rain Performances, has proven unable to guarantee a properly-produced event."

The city of Vancouver said in a statement that it had provided initial support for the event but the organizers did not have the required city permits.

The promoter, Paper Rain Performances, said it asked for but could not secure a postponement from the rock band's management, but still hopes a future concert date can be confirmed.