Perth Sunday Times article
|Bon Jovi concert Subiaco Oval 2008
In 1995 Bon Jovi cancelled their Perth performance after drummer Tico Torres broke his wrist. The band promised to return to make it up to fans, but they obviously took the long way round.
While the Jon Bon Jovi lookalikes in the crowd paraded around in their mullet wigs, tight black pants and hi-tops channelling their idol's 1983 look, the man himself has softened his glam rock look over the years. Dispelling the myth that tight jeans cause impotency the father-of-four looked as if he hadn't aged in 25 years. Sure the wild locks are gone, but his face remains suspiciously wrinkle free. Looking taut and toned in a black sleeveless vest the 45-year-old was full of energy and enthusiasm.
In a set that moved at lightning speed the singer frequently flashed his whiter than white smile sending hearts a flutter across Subiaco Oval. The rest of the band are not quite so genetically (or surgically) blessed, but were in fine musical form. Special mention should be made of the newly clean Richie Sambora who seemed to be having the time of his life manipulating his Gibson Les Paul.
There was little fan fare as the the band strolled on stage to perform Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues". The lingering twilight seemed the wrong back drop for a rock concert and their welcome was somewhat subdued. Without the veil of darkness the crowd seemed reluctant to let it all hang out. That is until Bon Jovi yelled: "This ain't television. Get up out of your seats. I came a long way to be here tonight. I ain't taking no prisoners." Delivered in his New Jersey drawl, it was all the invitation most needed to get up and start moving.
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