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Philadelphia Concert Review From "The Inquirer" 15 November 2000
"Jon Bon Jovi struts his stuff with swagger"

Source: The Inquirer /

Despite mega-sales, Bon Jovi has always been that other working-class artist from New Jersey. The sold-out show at First Union Center Friday - filled to the brim with housewives, boys, leopard-clad rockers and a surprisingly young girl glut - changed that. The concert put Bon Jovi and its melodically pretty, Protestant work-ethic songs in a league of its own.

Playing in front of a stage-set brick wall gave the stage a street-fighting feel, but the band and its epically twisting, uplifting harmonics were more glamorous than ruddy, more suavely dynamic than muddy.

"Suave" pretty much describes the show sonically and visually. Time in front of the camera has given Jon Bon Jovi - swank in gold leather pants, short leather jacket, and tousled hair - the swagger of a Jagger, pouting as he prances across stage like a preacher of obsequious populist song. Opening with the Stones-y "One Wild Night," the band is nothing but ebullient, bursting into sexy rock and roll with feverish dispatch, carried throughout by Tico Torres' less-than-subtle drumming and keyboard flourishes from David Bryan.


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