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Bon Jovi Rocks Them All at Madison Square Garden 26 February 2011
The Examiner article

Source: The Examiner

New Jersey’s Bon Jovi headed into Midtown Thursday night for the first of three concerts at Madison Square Garden, playing a hit-filled show for some 20,000 screaming fans.
Jon Bon Jovi and his band have sold well over 100 million records during their illustrious career, and continue to sell out every stadium and arena they visit. A special Youtube concert at the much smaller Best Buy Theater last November (my review of it here) served as a teaser for the band’s current tour, and last night the group more than met any expectations with a twenty five song setlist over a two hour show.

The Madison Square Garden crowd was a bustling, energetic rush as thousands of excited fans filled up the arena. Snippets of conversations could be heard in virtually every language, proving that the New Jersey rockers have gone as global as possible. Even with Wednesday night’s Melo-drama still lingering in the air of the Garden, Bon Jovi had no problem ratcheting up the crowd volume within seconds of their appearance. With all attention focused on the gleaming black stage, it was a shock to most fans when the lights dimmed, and Mr. Bon Jovi appeared on a small riser in the very back of the arena, strumming out Last Man Standing while the rest of the band took the main stage.

The roar of the crowd got even louder when Jon ran across the Garden floor, slapping hands with fans along the way to the stage, and then followed up with You Give Love a Bad Name. Men, women, and children sang along gleefully as the ever-golden singer effortlessly riled up the audience to the power ballad classic. The night’s setlist went on to meander across the band’s extensive discography, hitting songs from virtually every album with ballads like When We Were Beautiful and Something For The Pain to classic Bon Jovi rockers like Runaway and Bad Medicine (which included a cover of Pretty Woman).


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