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Bon Jovi at MCI: Still Ready to Rock 20 December 2005
Washington Post article

Source: The Washington Post

Jon Bon Jovi would have had all sorts of excuses to just phone it in at MCI Center on Saturday. For one, tour sponsor Sprint broadcast the show to its subscribers' cellphone screens, calling it the first-ever such phonecast. And the frontman of the band that uses his surname confessed to being loaded up on prescription drugs after suffering some sort of pulled back muscle or pinched nerve earlier in the day.

But the 43-year-old Jersey boy gave everything his showman's heart and modern medicine would allow. From a fan's standpoint the concert was utterly Bon Jovial: two hours of unapologetically mindless bliss.

Bon Jovi, through durability and good-guy-ness, has won over most of the folks who mocked the big hair or dismissed him as a remedial Springsteen when "Runaway," his first smash, was released in 1983. Questioning the artistic worthiness of a dude who has sold more than 100 million records and shows no signs of leaving the arena is a far bigger waste of time than screaming out the chorus of low-aiming bull's-eyes such as "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Blaze of Glory" along with 20,000 fans.


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