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Bon Jovi fans relive concert glory 7 June 2009
Times and Transcript article

Source: Times and Transcript

The imminent return of Jon Bon Jovi to Moncton is bringing back memories for music fans in the city who remember the last time the rocker came to town.

It was a cold and snowy Monday night when the band played the Moncton Coliseum on Dec. 13, 1993.

"The boys put on a tremendous show and they sound fantastic live," says Andrew Stewart, who went to the concert with his wife, then his girlfriend. "They played a full two-hour concert without a break. Great show.

"It's a cliché to say the place was electric, but really that's what it was like. There was just such an anticipation in the room that everybody was just so keyed-up and so excited. Then, when the lights go down, there's this huge gasp that goes through the crowd. It was just a real party."

Another party is planned for June 27 when Bon Jovi returns to Metro to headline at the Magnetic Hill Concert Site.

In 1993, the show was part of Bon Jovi's "Keep the Faith" world tour. Sandra Daigle, box office manager at the Coliseum, was working at the venue that night. She says fans filled the arena, with all 6,000 tickets selling out.

Tim Cormier was on the floor during the concert, between two catwalks that reached out from the stage for Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora to immerse themselves in the audience.

"I remember it being an awesome show. A lot of screaming," he says with a laugh. "We managed to push our way up and came within a hand-slap of Jon Bon Jovi, which was pretty darn cool. We, as guys, kind of did it just for fun, with all the girls trying to get up to him. The funny thing is, you don't think you're going to get that close, and when you do get that close, you do get kind of star-struck."


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