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Bon Jovi riding a smoother road 3 March 2008
Allentown Morning Call article

Source: Allentown Morning Call

Valentine's Day 2008 wasn't exactly a red-letter day for Bon Jovi.

The New Jersey rockers, who bring their 38-concert U.S. arena tour to Philadelphia's Wachovia Center on Sunday and Monday, along with opening act Daughtry, in support of their country-crossover album ''Lost Highway,'' were all set for their first tour rehearsal that day.

During a phone conference with media members the day before, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboard player David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres raved about the new stage show, which they were about to try out for the first time, on Valentine's Day.

''We've got a bunch of HD screens that are just [morphing into] different things,'' Sambora proudly said. ''I think that it will be a spectacle that people have never seen before.

''We're very, very excited about it. And we're going to look at it for the first time, too. We've only seen it [in renderings] so far. But it looks like it's going to be something, from what we know, after 25 years of experience in these stages and stuff like that, it's like kind of a 'holy cow!' moment. You know what I mean? People are going to walk away going, 'Wow, this is really cool.'''

So the stagehands set everything up in the Convocation Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, the nearest available space big enough and close enough to the kickoff concert Feb. 18 in Omaha, Neb. The video screens were up, the sound system was set, and then madness struck.


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