The band’s early efforts to break internationally continue to pay off. It is now one of the most successful live acts on the road. Last year, Bon Jovi’s Because We Can Tour played some two dozen countries and finished as the highest-grossing tour of 2013 with a gross of more than $247 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.
“Thirty-one years later, I give Doc McGhee credit for our international success,” says Bon Jovi, “because right from record one, he said, ‘You have to go anywhere where there is electricity, and if they don’t have electricity, we’ll bring our own.’ That was one of his adages. We went everywhere.”