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Hit-packed show finds Bon Jovi at top of game 26 May 2011
Memphis Commercial Appeal article

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

“Lady Gaga,” Jon Bon Jovi scoffed Thursday night before a sold-out crowd at FedExForum. “I remember her grandma, Madonna.”

The lead singer of the eponymous rock band was referencing a just-released Forbes magazine list that ranked the pop newbie as No. 1 on its list of “The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities,” ahead of Oprah, U2, and, at No. 8, a certain New Jersey four-piece.

“What’s been the one constant all these years?” Bon Jovi went on during a breakdown in the song “The More Things Change” off the band’s 2010 greatest hits collection. “You’re looking at it.”

If the boasts don’t convince you, the numbers surely will. Thirty-one years into their career, by Bon Jovi’s own count, the band is at the top of its game. Their 2010 tour was the top grossing of the year, raking in more than $125 million. And their current run looks to match it. With 15,912 people in attendance, not counting the packed suites and skyboxes, Thursday night’s Memphis stop had the highest paid attendance of any event in the seven-year history of FedExForum.

It is easy to see why crowds are flocking to see Bon Jovi. The band put on a crowd-pleasing, hit-packed, visually stunning 2 1/2-hour arena rock show the likes of which is all too rare these days.


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