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Bon Jovi to play London residency

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Bon Jovi have sold 120 million albums around the world

Rock act Bon Jovi are to join the likes of Prince and Britney Spears by playing a residency at the O2 Arena in London next year.

The band have not revealed the length of their run, but it is expected to rival the 21-date string of shows which Prince played in 2007.

AEG Live promoter Rob Hallett said: "Bon Jovi are the best live band in the world. This one could run and run."

The residency starts in June next year and tickets go on sale on 30 October.

The concerts will mark Bon Jovi's return to the London venue, after they opened it in 2007.

Mr Hallett said: "When Jon Bon Jovi opened the O2 with the words, 'Hello London, welcome to your new home', little did he realise that we were already plotting to make it his new home."

The gigs will be part of the group's Circle Tour, named after their forthcoming album.

The band, led by Jon Bon Jovi, have sold 120 million albums around the world and performed more than 2,600 concerts.

Michael Jackson had been due to play a record-breaking run of 50 dates at the south east London venue, starting this summer, but died just days before the shows were due to begin.

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