Buffalo News article
Bon Jovi is the quintessential '80s hair band. Their songs, for the most part, do not have the lyrical depth of bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and even most of the rock artists out there today. Seeing them in concert is much like seeing a very well-rehearsed play; it enthralls you, but you know the onstage dialogue and antics are basically the same, night after night.
In Bon Jovi's case, though, that's no so bad. It's because of those things that, without a doubt, Bon Jovi puts on one of the best shows you will ever see. Friday night's concert at a sold-out HSBC Arena was more than two hours of that '80s hair band rock music that, with the exception of this band, has disappeared from the world of music.
From the opening of "Last Man Standing," a song off their new album, "Have a Nice Day," to "Wanted Dead or Alive," the very last song of the encore, Bon Jovi had concertgoers their feet and singing for the entire time. The hits from the '80s were all there - "Blaze of Glory," "Bad Medicine," "Living on a Prayer," just to name a few - as were new songs like "Have a Nice Day," and, now a personal favorite, "Welcome to Wherever You Are."
"I'll Be There for You," performed in gorgeous acoustic fashion, became a duet between guitarist Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi. "Wanted Dead or Alive" also saw Sambora take over lead vocals for a verse, eliciting huge applause from the crowd. "Treat Her Right," an Otis Redding song, was done as a cover with a little Bon Jovi twist put on it; it sounded fantastic.
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