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Bon Jovi, Hampden Park, Glasgow 10 June 2006
The Independent review

Source: The Independent

One moment summed up this first night of the New Jersey rockers' UK arena tour more than any other, yet it featured the star of the show in name only. In one of the live camera's dalliances away from the strutting Jon Bon Jovi, it alighted on a pretty brunette by the flanks of the stage. She was sporting a short tartan skirt and a T-shirt bearing the words "Mrs Bon Jovi".

It was always this way, of course. Bon Jovi, the singer, is no musical revolutionary, and his charm and good looks are as accountable for his band's success as their penchant for catchy soft rock. Surveying the crowd it's easy to assess their demographic: girls in matching pink cowboy hats and other, more conservatively-dressed women with their ambivalent boyfriends.

Yet their legacy is not to be underestimated. In the 22 years since their debut, Bon Jovi have amassed a repertoire of hits, and the fact roughly three-quarters of the two-and-a-half-hour set consisted of tracks even a casual fan would know the chorus of word for word is no mean feat.


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