Bon Jovi's tour 'Because We Can' to land in Chicago

2013-07-11T00:00:00Z Bon Jovi's tour 'Because We Can' to land in ChicagoEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Bon Jovi's tour 'Because We Can' to land in Chicago

Soldier Field will surely be the place for music fans to congregate Friday when Bon Jovi opens the new North American leg of the "Because We Can" Tour.

Jon Bon Jovi and his hit-making band, minus guitarist Richie Sambora, will perform a lion's share of the band's catalog. The current tour, in support of Bon Jovi's latest album "What About Now," will hit major arenas across the country after the Chicago stop and later in the year will travel to Japan.

The New Jersey-bred group performed in various cities in Europe recently and at the beginning of the year brought their show to select American cities. A new state-of-the-art stage and standout production elements are set to debut for the Chicago show.

In addition to new tunes from "What About Now," fans will, no doubt, hear favorites such as "It's My Life," "Livin' On A Prayer," "Bad Name," "Who Says You Can't Go Home," and others.

Opening for Bon Jovi at Soldier Field is the J. Geils Band, featuring original members Peter Wolf, Seth Justman, Danny Klein and Magic Dick along with Duke Levine and Tom Arey. Doors open at 6 p.m. with The J. Geils Band taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. and Bon Jovi performing at 9 p.m. For ticket information and more details on the tour and Bon Jovi, visit bonjovi.com.

Randy Travis in congestive heart failure

Country music star Randy Travis is showing signs of improvement but remains in critical condition with congestive heart failure because of a viral illness, doctors said Wednesday. Drs. William Gray and Michael Mack of the Baylor Health Care System in Texas described Travis' condition and hospitalization in a video statement. "His condition has stabilized, and he has shown signs of improvement," Mack said in the video. "On behalf of Mr. Travis' family, friends and associates, we would like to express our extreme gratitude for the overwhelming affection and support that Mr. Travis has received." The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer was in good health until three weeks before he was hospitalized, when he contracted a viral upper respiratory infection, Gray said. The viral illness led to a weakened heart muscle that eventually worsened into heart failure. Travis was admitted to Baylor Medical Center McKinney near his home in Tioga, about 60 miles north of Dallas, through the emergency room on Sunday. The singer underwent a procedure to have a pump inserted by catheter that helps increase blood flow before being transferred to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. The North Carolina-born Travis is a traditional country purist who is a pivotal figure in the genre best known for his hits "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "Three Wooden Crosses." His Warner Bros. debut album "Storms of Life" sold 3 million copies and helped return country music to its roots. AP

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