Toronto Star article
|Bon Jovi still sitting pretty
He who gets the girls laughs last.
Jon Bon Jovi and, to a lesser extent, the three other chaps in the band that shares his last name — well, maybe to a similar extent in hunky guitarist Richie Sambora's case — must therefore do a lot of private chuckling to themselves.
Dismissed as a pack of over-moussed lightweights even by its peers in the American hair-metal heap of the mid-1980s, Bon Jovi today commands a global audience that has barely diminished since it first struck major commercial paydirt with 1986's 14-million-selling Slippery When Wet.
The band's current tour in support of last year's hit Have a Nice Day is, in fact, on target to be its most successful ever. Bon Jovi's agent, Rob Light, recently told Billboard magazine that, since the jaunt began on Nov. 2, it has "without question" been the group's biggest out-of-the-gate tour to date.
Indeed, the band's appeal has warranted four shows at the Air Canada Centre this weekend and next week. It's the longest stand in any city on the tour.
"Sales, attendance, dollars, merchandise — on every level, it's been great. This is monumentally strong," Light said, adding this outing has finally put Bon Jovi "in the same league as the U2s and the Stones and the Springsteens of the world."
At 43, diminutive belter Jon, meanwhile, remains an object of unrelenting adoration for millions around the world who pine variously for his full and always impeccably coiffed head of hair, his cheekbones and a butt that was apparently genetically engineered (honestly, you'll never read anything written by a woman that doesn't mention his butt, and even we straight men have been compelled over the years to acknowledge the super-human thrall in which it holds the opposite sex).
It's not just the frizzy-topped 30- and 40-somethings who grew up on Slippery When Wet and New Jersey and now throng Bon Jovi shows in giddy packs, either. The band's 2002 comeback hit, "It's My Life," was enough to seduce a new generation of female admirers.
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