|A singin’ and shakin’ Bon Jovi delights 23,000 fans at dome
Nobody tells Jon Bon Jovi he can’t go home, but the 23,000-some fans at the Fargodome will welcome him back here any time.
Two years after the New Jersey rocker and his band made their Fargodome debut, the quartet returned to a packed house of open arms.
The arms were open partially because the lead singer almost doubles as an aerobics instructor, strutting and dancing around the elliptical stage, throwing his hands up in the air or out to the crowd, and fans returned the gestures.
The group opened with “Blood on Blood” from 1988’s “New Jersey” and played a good mix of old tunes and new numbers from last year’s “The Circle” – though the crowd was more familiar with “You Give Love a Bad Name” than the new single “Superman Tonight.”
And they didn’t stop with their own catalog. During “Bad Medicine,” the group launched into a chugging cover of The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues.”
Jon Bon Jovi has taken a nod from his idols, particularly New Jersey’s older favorite son, Bruce Springsteen. In addition to Springsteen’s rock ’n’ roll revival preaching, Bon Jovi adds motivational speaking.
He and guitarist/singer Richie Sambora don’t just write arena-rock anthems, they write pearls of populist positivity, like “It’s My Life” and “We Weren’t Born to Follow.” It wouldn’t have been a surprise if they covered Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
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