Booze and Bon Jovi give euro states a prayer

ROCK band Bon Jovi have been helping Spanish music-lovers to keep the faith, by slashing the prices to their Madrid show so that recession-struck fans can still afford seats.

When the American band were planning this summer’s European tour, Madrid had been kept off the list of venues due to fears that tickets in the troubled Eurozone state – which yesterday confirmed GDP had shrunk by 0.5 per cent in the first quarter – might not sell out.

“When we were planning our tour ... we did a study and saw that, given the economic crisis, Spain wasn’t even on the map,” Jon Bon Jovi said.

But, Spanish fans must have been saying a prayer or two because the band yesterday decided to waive their show fees for the gig, meaning tickets start at just €18 (£15). The austerity pricing means the concert has now sold out.

Meanwhile France was also doing its bit for European funds yesterday, selling bottles of 1990 Petrus, 1998 Meursault Premier Cru and 1975 Château Lafite Rothschild to boost state coffers.

The country will be parting with 1,200 vintage bottles from the Elysee Palace’s cellar. A sign of austerity or perhaps just an easy way to get rid of the surplus from Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency. The former leader claimed he was simply too busy to drink alcohol. Something for the rest of us to now toast to.