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Bon Jovi in Orlando: For Bon Jovi, bigger is always better 14 May 2011
Orlando Sentinel article

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Jon Bon Jovi, of course, has seen a million faces and he's rocked them all.

Yeah, that lyric sounded silly in 1986 and it hasn't evolved into anything that's any less embarrassing after 25 years. Then or now, you don't want to be caught by the motorist in the next lane belting out "Wanted Dead or Alive" along with the car radio.

But give credit to Bon Jovi, and the band that bears his name. With a loaded six-string on his back, he has persevered through grunge, boy bands, rap-metal and his own flirtation with country music to emerge as an unassailable vanguard of arena rock. (The band performs Sunday at Amway Center.)

Livin' on prayer? With all that success, who needs divine intervention?

In a tough economy that derailed tours by Christina Aguilera, Lilith Fair, the Eagles and American Idol, Bon Jovi ranked as the top touring attraction of 2010, a spot that the band also claimed in 2008.

The band hasn't done it with tabloid antics or Gaga-esque hype, but with a blue-collar work ethic that recalls another icon out of Bon Jovi's New Jersey homeland, Bruce Springsteen.

"It's what we've done since the inception of this band," Bon Jovi told the Chicago Sun-Times last year, on the eve of two concerts at Soldier Field. "I was the guy quoted saying that I wanted to play and sell out the desert — more than once. I've always been very comfortable in the big venues.


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