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Fans rock out to Bon Jovi classics 18 December 2007
The Vancouver Sun article

Source: The Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER - The feeling's mutual, Mr. Bon Jovi.

We know you love Vancouver. You screamed it from the stage at GM Place Saturday night. You recorded your breakthrough album here - and two more after that. You even got a little sentimental Saturday while recalling the margaritas you and the band threw back in downtown Vancouver during a lull in recording the mega-hit Wanted Dead or Alive.

Well, it appears that Vancouverites love you right back.

At least the 15,000 or so of them who bought tickets to the first of the band's two night stint in town seem to adore you.

Jon Bon Jovi and his band - which has amazingly stayed pretty much intact for more than 20 years - gave a hungry audience nearly two-and-a-half hours of no-frills rock 'n' roll that covered two decades of hits, a few heartfelt ballads, and some newer material.

The night had a country feel to match the country sound of the band's latest album, Lost Highway. The set looked similar to that of a low-budget old-school western, complete with a pair of crooked doors through which the band members sauntered at promptly 8:30 p.m., accompanied by a trio of backup musicians playing a sweet rendition of Hank Williams' Lost Highway.

The band's working-man appeal was accentuated by a Christmas tree and some thinly hung lights that immediately suggested this was not going to be one of those shows that placed more emphasis on production than on music.

And it wasn't.


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