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|Bon Jovi at the Honda Center
Friday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, an aging rocker from small-town New Jersey took the stage and sang for more than two hours about the necessity of faith, the endurance of romance and the modest majesty of small-town New Jersey.
Bruce Springsteen, perhaps?
Nope. Springsteen isn't scheduled to play the Honda Center until tonight.
Friday, the rocker was Jon Bon Jovi, playing the first of three Southland shows with the 25-year-old band that bears his name. (Bon Jovi will play Staples Center Wednesday.)
There are differences, of course, between the Boss and Bon Jovi: It's unlikely, for starters, that Springsteen would ever write a song called "We Got It Going On," as Bon Jovi did for its latest album, last year's "Lost Highway." "Is there anybody out there looking for a party?" Jon Bon Jovi asks in the tune. "Shake your moneymaker, baby, smoke it if you got it."
And though Springsteen certainly has sung about the pleasures of sex (whether or not it's accompanied by romance), it's hard to imagine him singing about it, as Bon Jovi did during "Bad Medicine," in front of four enormous video screens on gyrating-babe duty.
Still, at the Honda Center the similarities were more evident than the differences. As demonstrated on the country-inflected "Lost Highway," Bon Jovi's sound has deepened and warmed since the band's chrome-and-aerosol pop-metal days. On Friday, Richie Sambora, clad in what might best be described as a purple-snakeskin nightgown, played as many acoustic guitars as electric ones, and the group was joined by a violinist who made a credible claim on being called a fiddler instead.
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