Denver Post article
|Bon Jovi sets a feel-good tone at cozy fundraiser
When Bon Jovi plays Denver, the multi-platinum arena rock band plays the big rooms — the Pepsi Center, and McNichols Arena before that. But on Friday, the band known for genre-defining hit songs “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “You Give Love a Bad Name” played a cozy club show inside the Colorado Convention Center’s Korbel Ballroom to help raise funds for the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation.
Frontman Jon Bon Jovi was front and center as he led his six-piece band through a party set that jogged from covers to favorites. The singer-guitarist, wearing tight black jeans and a fitted black T-shirt, was relaxed and playful throughout the set, often asking the dressy, chatty crowd, “How’re we doin’?”
They were doin’ just fine, according to the crowd’s hands-in-the-air reaction. The band’s set suited the party atmosphere inside the ballroom, which had purple, twinkling lights across the ceiling. The band led off with a cover of the Dave Clark Five’s “Glad All Over” that went directly into the sing-along “You Give Love a Bad Name.”
Yep, it was a feel-good set list for a feel-good night.
Patrons pushed against the stage wearing everything from designer suits to Ed Hardy T’s. An older woman wore a tiara. A teenage boy wore a backwards baseball cap. It was all good.
The Denver Broncos’ new executive vice president of football operations, John Elway, introduced the band to the excited, tipsy crowd as “not only great guys, but the greatest rock band in the history of music.”
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