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Bon Jovi brings back the '80s at Hersheypark Stadium 20 May 2010
Patriot-News article

Source: Patriot-News

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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