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Ageless Bon Jovi delivers fresh, but flawed, show in San Jose 27 February 2010
San Jose Mercury News review

Source: San Jose Mercury News

No rocker has aged better than Jon Bon Jovi.

First and foremost, the 47-year-old singer looked a good 15 years younger as he led his band Bon Jovi in concert at HP Pavilion on Monday night. He also exhibited a type of sustained energy through his group's two-hour-plus set that would make most performers half his age jealous.

Yet the ageless factor also applies to the band's music. The fans who came out to this stop on Bon Jovi's newly launched "The Circle" tour — which heads to Sacramento's Arco Arena on March 2 — certainly didn't act like they were listening to a group that recorded its first hit single ("Runaway") nearly 30 years ago.

Instead, they treated Bon Jovi like it's still a relevant group, and greeted the band's new material, off last year's "The Circle," with nearly the same gusto they showed the old radio favorites.

Just ask Billy Joel, Elton John, KISS or any other classic rock act with a career spanning 25-plus years what a rarity that is.

This is a direct result of Jon Bon Jovi's unswerving commitment to stay off the nostalgia circuit, and probably an indirect result of his many side jobs, including actor, political activist and supporter of numerous charities.

Sure, fans get a dose of nostalgia at a Bon Jovi show, thanks to such oldies as "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Bad Medicine," but it's only part of a mix that is more focused on what the band has been up to recently.


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