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More than a 'Nice Day' for Bon Jovi fans 15 December 2005
Times Union article


ALBANY -- Jon Bon Jovi and his eponymous band rocked the Pepsi Arena Saturday night. Yes, the calendar said Monday, but Bon Jovi declared "the weekend ain't over in this building yet!"

Later he sang, "seven days of Saturday is all need."

The crowd needed little convincing. They were with him all the way.

Bon Jovi, like his New Jersey neighbor, Bruce Springsteen, knows how to put on a show. Maybe it's something in the water down there.

And it doesn't hurt your efforts as such to have a stockpile of anthems ("Raise Your Hands" and "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" say it all) and hits as deep as the Bon Jovi set list.

The band is actually on the road promoting its latest album, "Have a Nice Day," but they leavened selections from the disc with staples like "You Give Love a Bad Name," "It's My Life" and "Runaway."

The latter was the singer's first hit, rising up the charts after he personally handed it to a Long Island deejay who took a shine to the song.

As a bit of payback, Bon Jovi is having local acts open shows in every city -- with groups submitting tapes for consideration at each venue. Wetwerks won the slot at the Pepsi and impressed the huge crowd with a razor-edged rock sound that veered between metal and pop.


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