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May 30, 2013

Bon Jovi drops concert fee for crisis-hit Spain

MADRID — U.S. rock star Jon Bon Jovi and his band are waiving their performance fee for a concert in Madrid as a gesture to their Spanish fans hit hard by the country's severe economic crisis.

El Mundo newspaper and other media outlets said Thursday that tickets for the band*s sold-out concert June 27 cost between 18 euros ($23) and 39 euros, roughly half normal prices for such concerts.

The paper's website quoted the singer as saying they initially planned not to play Spain, fearing poor demand from cash-strapped fans.

But he told El Mundo, "I didn't want to let fans down" in a country he loved. So the band decided to drop their performance fee, meaning the ticket money will only cover the other costs of staging the concert.

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