Chicago Sun-Times article
|52,000 Bon Jovi fans can't be wrong
Such is the nearly universal appeal of Bon Jovi that even typically impassive food and drink vendors at Friday night's Soldier Field concert stopped to record songs on their iPhones. The band's last Chicago visit sold out three nights at United Center -- no mean feat in early 2008 with an economic crisis building steam. On Friday, at the first of two weekend shows, they hosted as many fans in one sold-out night.
New material including "We Weren't Born to Follow" emphasized triumph over adversity. Video screens projected the band alongside inspirational figures rendered in red and blue a la Shepard Fairey's famous portrait of Barack Obama. "You witnessed history here in Chicago," vocalist Jon Bon Jovi reminded the crowd. Even the most plaintive of the fresh cuts, "When We Were Beautiful," had an enormous, angelic chorus underpinning its wish to recover innocence lost.
But the truly massive singalongs happened when the band hauled out celebratory favorites including "You Give Love a Bad Name." The crowd erupted for "Bad Medicine," and then somehow got even louder when Detroit rogue Kid Rock joined the band onstage for a cover of "Old Time Rock and Roll." If Soldier Field had rafters overhead, they'd have been blown skyward by 50,000 raised voices. During the song, Jon Bon Jovi draped a fan's Blackhawks jersey across his shoulders.
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