VANCOUVER, BC (CelebrityAccess) — A concert by rockers Bon Jovi in Vancouver was canceled at the last minute after organizers were unable to secure the proper permits for the event, according to a statement released by Bon Jovi Tours Inc.
Jon Bon Jovi and the boys were set to perform at Stanley Park at Brockton Field on August 22nd, but pulled out claiming the promoter was unable to guaruantee that the event would be properly produced.
Vancouver park board acting general manager Jonathan Snoek told the Vancouver Sun that Promoter Paper Rain Performances had failed to obtain “the required City permits for the concert in place as of today.” Snoek told the Sun that the the park board was :"fully supportive of this event and regrets the cancellation,” adding that it “provided the initial approval for the event and made every effort to assist organizers in meeting our protocols in the past months.
“The band was ready and willing to give a great performance on Saturday,” a rep for the band said in a press statement. “Unfortunately, the local promoter, Paper Rain Performances, has proven unable to guarantee a properly-produced event. We have recently learned that Paper Rain Performances has failed to get proper permits from the city of Vancouver, they have not procured staging materials and they have failed to pay staging, security, lighting vendors, etc. As such, they have not met their contractual obligations.”
Despite the setback, Paper Rain is hoping to salvage the show and in a statement released to Billboard said: "We have worked tirelessly with the band’s management and have experienced extraordinary support from the City, the Parks Board and all of our other partners. We requested a postponement of the concert as we needed more time to sell it out. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the artist’s management could not agree on a postponement. We continue to be optimistic about the possibility of re-scheduling the concert in Stanley Park." – Staff Writers