New Jersey band Bon Jovi prepare to play Dublin and kick off the summer concert season at the RDS.

Preparations for Bon Jovi, the first of the big summer outdoor rock concerts at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) are underway. Over 35,000 fans are expected to rock out as the American band brings their 'These Days' tour to Dublin.

Bon Jovi have sold over 50 million albums worldwide and an indication of their popularity in Ireland is the quadruple platinum sales of their 1994 album ‘Cross Road’.

‘These Days’ began on 26 April 1995 in Mumbai, India and Bon Jovi have a gruelling tour schedule. However singer Jon Bon Jovi is enjoying the tour and playing big shows around Europe. However he is looking forward to taking a week off, before starting the American leg of the tour.

Things are going good, we’re going to take advantage of them.

The band will be staying on in Ireland after their RDS show. 

We’re going to have us a little rest in Ireland, we got some friends that we have to see so you can’t come here without stopping in to see your friends.

July 1995 promises to be a busy month of concerts with Wet Wet Wet, REM, Rod Stewart and Van Morrison scheduled to play in Ireland.

Bon Jovi will return to the RDS on 13 July 1996 and the ‘These Days'  tour will end in Helskinki, Finland on 19 July 1996.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 July 1995. The reporter is Colm Connolly.