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WIN tickets to see Bon Jovi.

WIN tickets to see rock supergroup Bon Jovi live in the Midlands!

That's the top pop prize offer from the Sunday Mercury Preview team today.

Jon Bon Jovi & Co are on their way back to Coventry's giant Ricoh Arena.

And we have FIVE pairs of tickets for the June 24 gig to be won.

The guys are on their Lost Highway world tour, trekking the globe off the back of the album of the same name.

It's the krst to knd the New Jersey rockers dabbling in country, and marks a change of direction.

But the Ricoh gig will still be packed with air-punch anthems drawn from the band's back catalogue.

It wouldn't be a Bon Jovi night without Livin' On A Prayer, Bad Medicine and Wanted Dead Or Alive.

Jon admits that he loves coming to the Midlands because the fans are so passionate.

It'll be the second time they've appeared at the Ricoh - they barnstorned the place in 2006.

And in the past they've also played at Wolves' Molineux ground and Stoke City's Britannia Stadium.

That's not to mention memorable nights at Birmingham's NEC and the city's legendary Odeon New Street.

"This is the home of so many great rock and roll bands," says Jon. "It's like a heritage centre for heavy metal.

"You've given birth to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and a whole lot more.

"And when it comes to pop, who can forget the likes of the Moody Blues, Slade and ELO?"

The band's links with the Midlands go deeper than that.

Video shoot Jon once enlisted the aid of the Sunday Mercury's Paul Cole and Andy Mallabone for a famous video shoot.

Watch the promo vid for I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, and you'll knd the band reading a special newspaper they edited for the group.

Back at the Ricoh, arena boss Daniel Gidney is delighted to see them back.

"This will be Bon Jovi's only Midlands date in the UK in 2008 and there will be a 40,000 capacity at the Ricoh," he says.

A limited number of tickets for the gig, priced pounds 40 to pounds 75, are available on 08444 775 775 or online at www.aeglive.co.uk.

But here's how you could win some with the Sunday Mercury.

Simply tell us which of these songs was a huge hit for Bon Jovi: (a)KeepThe Faith, (b)Keep On Running or (c) Keep Your Hands To Yourself.

BY PHONE: Call the competition Hotline on 0901 229 2393 and leave your name, address, daytime phone number and your answer. BT landline calls cost 25p each.

Calls from other networks may be higher.

BY TEXT: Text your answer to 84080. Write SM2 at the beginning of your text, followed by a space, your answer and your name, house number and postcode. To receive details of goods and services which may be of interest to you start your text entry SM2 IN. Texts cost 25p each plus standard message rate.

BY E-MAIL: You can e-mail the answer to the question, along with your name and address, to entry@mrn.co.uk stating 'Bon Jovi' in the subject box. Email entries are free.

The competition runs from 6am today until midnight on Thursday May 29, 2008.

Standard Trinity Mirror rules apply. See www.trinitymirrormidlands.co.uk/rules. Service Provider: Eckoh. Helpline 08717 120009 Sunday Mercury and Trinity Mirror group companies may contact you by phone, letter, SMS or e-mail with details of goods and services you may be interested in.
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