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Bon Jovi delivers good time 15 July 2006
Montreal article

Source: Montreal Gazette

Leave your brains at home, it's summer. Montreal seems to be getting more outdoor shows than ever this season, and last night's Bon Jovi/Nickelback double bill before 30,000 fans at Jean Drapeau Park was custom-made for summer fun.

These are not thinking-cap bands. They're drinking-cap bands, as evidenced by the amount of beer being consumed. They're shameless, radio-ravaging hit-mongers who make songs you can't get out of your head, no matter how hard you try. Not that anyone was trying last night.

First off, let us amend the "double bill" statement from the first paragraph. Can-rock act Nickelback got the short end of the stick, squeezed into an opening slot that had the band hitting the stage at 6:45 p.m., and hitting the showers 60 minutes later.

The sun was slowly setting behind the stage, leaving singer Chad Kroeger and his mates in the shade, blending into the background. In other words, visually, there wasn't much to look at. But hey, maybe that was a good thing.

"Alright! Let's get this f---er rockin'. Whaddya say?" Kroeger asked, with characteristic subtlety, a few songs in.

Say what you will about Nickelback's music, Kroeger knows how to work a crowd. And his band knows how to deliver in-your-face rock crunch, glossy and vapid though it may be.

They pulled out the hits (including the smash How You Remind Me), and played several off last year's All the Right Reasons album, notably Photograph and Savin' Me. But they barely had a chance to get things going last night, before it was time to shut it down.

"1, 2, 1-2-3!"

It was 8:15 on the dot when Bon Jovi stormed the stage with Better Off Dead, followed quickly by You Give Love a Bad Name. In no time, the singalong was in full swing, and the party was officially started.


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