|Bon Jovi brings back the '80s at Hersheypark Stadium
Why has Bon Jovi persevered when other bands of the ’80s have faded away?
“They respect their fans, and they respect their music,” said Victoria Siegrist, 53, of Lebanon, a longtime fan at her third show who brought daughter Morgan, 22, to her first as a graduation present. “They’re real; they don’t try to be more than they are.”
“Their music seems to speak to normal people, and they haven’t changed their sound,” said Jennifer Rovan, 33, of Johnstown, a fan since the fifth grade and attending her 13th show.
Her husband, Moe, 40, said, “His songs are an inspiration to all of humanity.”
“They keep writing good music [but] they always do something a little different to keep the imagination [going],” said Kurt Scherlinsky, 49, of Carlisle, a fan since the beginning but who was at his first show.
“Their music is not cheap, it’s not sleazy — it has emotion, and it makes me feel good when I listen to it,” he said.
“You can’t help but move to his music — it exudes sexiness,” said Maria Noss, 31, of New Cumberland, attending her second show while pregnant with daughter Avery, due in August. “[And Jon Bon Jovi] does a lot of charity work — he’s not out there in Us Weekly doing stupid things. He’s a family man and he seems to stick to that.”
But the performance Wednesday night that kicked off the Hersheypark Stadium summer concert series made the real answer obvious: because they still do what they do, relatively unchanged, and they do it really well.
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