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Bon Jovi keeps it real at Scottrade show 26 May 2011 article


Nearly 30 years into its career, Bon Jovi remains a force to be reckoned with.

The New Jersey band, led by singer/guitarist Jon Bon Jovi, recently ranked No. 8 on Forbes Magazine's Celebrity 100 list, thanks to earnings of $125 million in the past 12 months. Some of that jack came from the band's 2010 tour dates, which grossed more than any other rock and roll road show last year.

During a sold-out show at Scottrade Center on Sunday - the last stop of the band's American tour - Bon Jovi showed how it has continued to hold such a high place in the rock firmament - by working hard, giving the people what they want and above all, keeping it real.

The show's opening number, "Last Man Standing" said as much. Singing from a platform toward the back of the arena, Bon Jovi boasted how he doesn't lip synch and how the band can actually play.

For the next two-and-a-half hours, they did just that, mixing favorites "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Runaway" and "Livin' on a Prayer" with more recent fare such as "We Weren't Born to Follow," "When We Were Beautiful" and "Superman Tonight."

During a couple of numbers, Bon Jovi called for some "jukebox music," interpolating Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" and the Isley Brothers' "Shout" into "Bad Medicine" and Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business" into "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead." After the latter number, he laughed and exclaimed, "I get an A+ for remembering those words!"


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