The West Australian article
|Fashions have changed, but Bon Jovi prove Runaway hit
Where did all the bogans go? The last time Bon Jovi played Perth — and it was a long time ago — the room was filled with black T-shirts, 80s hair and tight jeans.
While fashions have definitely changed, it seems some things remain in vogue even if they are out of style. If the crowd response was anything to go by, there is as much enthusiasm for the New Jersey four as there ever has been.
Full points go to the guys in the audience trying to recreate a bit of glam history with their long locks, bandanas and hi-top sneakers because it added a reminder as to where Bon Jovi came from.
But first, the show was opened by Perth band The Violet Flames who won their spot in a radio listener-voted contest. The foursome held the stage well in a set which included the air-played single Come On and the opener City Days.
With all the hybrid rock flying around, it’s refreshing to hear a set which relies on strong songwriting and a simple but smart delivery to get the point across. With a guiding production arm, there’s a record in this band.
There wasn’t the intense take no prisoners abandon of Bon Jovi’s last Perth show many years ago but it was testament to musical ability and sheer enthusiasm that they still sound relevant and offer a night of enjoyable entertainment. Granted, some of the songs sounded retro, but they weren’t always the ones you expected.
As promised they pulled out a varied set which included songs from their latest album Lost Highway and delved right back to their first hit Runaway. They kicked off with a friendly but slow Summer Time Blues and used the opening cry of “hey, hey” to pull the crowd along for the title track of the new album.
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