New Jersey Star-Ledger article
|Bon Jovi rocks the New Meadowlands Stadium with classic hits and fan favorites
Fifty-five thousand fans knew what was coming next.
They’d heard the radio hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s, the favorite album sides, the covers, the relaxed, familial acoustic interludes. They’d marveled at the gigantic high-definition screens at the New Meadowlands, and they’d watched a fireworks display paint the sky over the new stadium red and gold. After that, they’d called Bon Jovi back onstage with a thunderous ovation: there was unfinished business here, an important ritual yet to be observed. It was still Christmas morning, and one last gleaming present under the tree needed to be unwrapped.
And after the last notes of Richie Sambora’s winding, Western-style guitar lead to “Wanted Dead Or Alive” faded into the East Rutherford sky, the roar began: louder than anything we’d heard all night.
The frontman smiled, nodded slowly, cast his gaze around the sold-out house. He knew what the cheering was for.
And accompanied by nothing but Tico Torres’s thunderous kick-drum, he launched straight into the chorus of “Livin’ On A Prayer,” the Sayreville group’s most famous song.
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