Elvis Blue to open for Bon Jovi


Idols season 7 winner, Elvis Blue continues with his winning ways. In addition to his SAMA nominations, the star has now been given one awesome opportunity. He’ll be opening up for the highly acclaimed, Bon Jovi as part of their Because We Can tour to the country in May. Very nice. Check out the full press release below:

March 26, 2013 – Big Concerts confirmed today that recent 2013 SAMA nominee Elvis Blue will be the opening artist for Bon Jovi’s South African tour dates.

Elvis Blue’s journey started when he was a young boy, singing in school choirs, and busking on the streets of Johannesburg and Scotland. After a stint overseas as a street musician, Elvis returned to South Africa where he decided to study contemporary music. While living in George he met the friend whose name he would adopt in 2008.  “My wife works at an organisation that is a hospice and children’s home and I met this little boy there when I used to go and play my guitar for them. He really wanted to be a keyboard player, and his name was Elvis Blaauw”, he says. When he passed away in 2009, as a tribute to this amazing young man, Jan Hoogendyk adopted his name and Elvis Blue was born. In 2010, Elvis Blue won the title of Mnet Idol for that year – sharing half the profit with runner up Lloyd Cele. In that year Elvis Blue released the album simply titled Elvis Blue. On the album’s release in November 2010, it shot up the radio and sales charts and today enjoys platinum sales status with sales in excess of 50 000 copies, all powered by its three smash-hit singes “Things my father said”, “Lighthouse” and “Save Me”. His latest album ‘Journey’ has just recently been nominated for three SAMA awards including ‘Male Artist of the Year’, ‘Song of The Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’.

With one of the greatest catalogues of songs in the history of rock n’ roll, Bon Jovi has sold more than 125 million albums and racked up a stellar resume of career accomplishments.   Bringing their signature brand of rock ‘n’ roll back to the people, Bon Jovi will be performing live in South Africa in May 2013.

The band’s return to the road in 2013 will cap an incredible run which has secured Bon Jovi’s status as the essential live rock band – having performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and earning the #1 grossing worldwide tour twice in just three years. “Because We Can – The Tour” will also debut brand new songs from new album What About Now, due out in Spring 2013, loading even more ammunition into the band’s huge arsenal of hits including “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Who Says

South African Tour Dates:

Tuesday 7th May 2013 – Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Presented by 94.5 KFM and MNET

Saturday 11th May 2013 – FNB Stadium, Soccer City Complex, Johannesburg

Presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo and MNET

For more information on all things Bon Jovi, visit www.BonJovi.com.


Ticketing Information:

Tickets on sale now for the Johannesburg show (web, outlets and call centers

Tickets on sale now for the Cape Town show (web, outlets and call centers)

Tickets available online from www.bigconcerts.co.za, or Computicket.


Author: Jason Von Berg

Digital content marketer. Mobile App Editor. Entertainment, travel and New York City lover. #Triathlete, #Ironman, health and wellness advocate, @Futurelifeza ambassador

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