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Review: Bon Jovi rocks the Qwest 11 March 2010
Omaha World-Herald article

Source: Omaha World-Herald

Omaha fans sure do like their Bon Jovi.

Before the band took the stage, you could hardly move through Qwest Center Omaha’s hallways. Once they started, you could practically hear crickets.

Hundreds of fans filled the concourse waiting for beer and T-shirts before Bon Jovi started. Opener Dashboard Confessional played some of its heart-on-your-sleeve pop-rock songs to warm up for several thousand in their seats, while many of their friends were making beer runs.

And, seriously, lots of beer was flowing.

After Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Tico Torres, David Bryan and Hugh McDonald took the stage, the scene was different. The concourses became a veritable ghost town. Bon Jovi songs echoed faintly in the hallways, while a few people scurried to the bathroom or concession stands for more beer before bolting back to their seats.

Inside the arena, a sold-out crowd of nearly 16,000 went wild — dancing, screaming, waving and cheering.

The fans, a crowd of mostly 30-somethings and older, certainly have not given up on the band, which is going on its 11th studio album and 27th year.

Bon Jovi, the champions of arena rock, certainly haven’t given up either. They still kick out the fist-pumping sing-along anthems they cut their teeth on.

The show was a barrage of hits and new material from the band’s latest album, “The Circle.” Classics such as “Bad Medicine” and “You Give Love A Bad Name” were mixed with new tunes including “Love’s The Only Rule” and “Work For The Working Man.”

“Omaha, Nebraska, on a Tuesday night! I need you to get up out of your seats,” Bon Jovi said near the beginning of the show. “I ain’t gonna waste no time with talkin’. You paid me to sing and dance, and that’s what I’m gonna do for you. We got old, we got new, we got borrowed, we got blue, so strap in, baby.”


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