Former Warriner student to support Bon Jovi

Beth Thornton from Banbury will open for Bon Jovi at their Toronto show NNL-170324-155110001
Beth Thornton from Banbury will open for Bon Jovi at their Toronto show NNL-170324-155110001

A Banbury musician has been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to open for one of the biggest rock acts in the world.

Beth Thornton will be the support act for Bon Jovi at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada on April 10 as the band continues its tour of north and south America.

Beth studied at the Warriner School in Bloxham before continuing her education at Banbury sixth form.

Growing up Beth had a passion for musical theatre and her musical tastes centred around pop and country and her music has been described as a combination of these two early influences.

She also listened to rock with Bon Jovi being one of her particular favourites.

Beth said: “I was 13 when I heard my first Bon Jovi record and ever since that day I have dreamed of opening for them.”

Bon Jovi were formed by John Bon Jovi in 1983 and the line up remained almost unchanged until the departure of their iconic guitarist Richie Sambora in 2013.

To date the band have sold 130 million records across the globe and have released 13 studio albums, the most notable being the seminal 1986 release ‘Slippery When Wet’ which sat atop the US billboard charts for eight weeks.

Beth said: “The fact that my dream is becoming reality blows my mind.

“These days it’s so difficult to get your music heard but they’re making it possible on such a massive scale.

She added: “Not many people will be able to say they opened for their heroes, so I’m going to take this chance to show the crowd and Bon Jovi just how grateful I am by giving it everything I’ve got.”