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Bon Jovi gives fans what they want 11 March 2006
The Arizona Republic article


New Jersey's Bon Jovi may be considered irrelevant in hip music circles, but the 23-year-old band still delivers the goods, as far as its true believers are concerned.

More than 16,000 devotees, many of them women age 30 to 50, packed Glendale Arena on Thursday to watch singer Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora and their bandmates play the safe, straight-ahead rock they've been scoring hits with for decades.

The fans got what they came for, as Bon Jovi delivered more than 2-1/2 hours of anthems such as “It's My Life,” “Livin' on a Prayer” and the new “Who Says You Can't Go Home.”

The seemingly ageless Jon Bon Jovi (he's 44) is the main attraction with this band, and the singer did his best to interact with half the fans in the house.

He opened the show playing an acoustic guitar on a mini-stage at the far end of the arena as his band played the new “Last Man Standing,” a middle-of-the-road tribute to veteran rockers. After the tune, he made his way up one side of the floor to the stage, pressing flesh all the way.

He later popped up amid stunned fans seated on one side of the arena to do an acoustic version of “Blaze of Glory,” from the 1990 film “Young Guns II,” as well as a quiet version of the ballad “Bed of Roses.” As he wound down the second song, he moved down the aisle and shook hands with starstruck fans in a moment that seemed quasi-religious.

And late in the show, Bon Jovi did another half-lap around the arena floor to reach even more of his constituents. If this guy ever goes into politics (he probably could win a Senate seat in New Jersey), he's got the moves down.


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