Toronto Star article
For the first of two shows at the Air Canada Centre, Jon Bon Jovi was the paragon of restraint.
This may not seem like a big deal to the casual Bon Jovi observer, but considering that New Jersey’s other favourite rock ’n roll son has embraced the concept of bombast as if it were a second skin, this is no small transition.
For example, in any of the band’s dozen earlier global jaunts, Sunday night’s opening number would have begun with explosions, fireworks, smoke bombs, a retina-blinding light show and an animated lead singer running all over the stage, goading his fans to embrace the promised elation and adrenalin of the music that was pumping through the speakers.
And then it would have gone really over-the-top.
Not so at the ACC, where — yes — “You Give Love A Bad Name” — the song that really got the whole Bon Jovi juggernaut rolling way back in 1986 — was trotted out to kick off the two-and-a-half hour concert.
Despite employing a fairly impressive light show — sweeping spotlights that sank from the ceiling and a vertical Tetris of video pillars that slammed together and pulled apart in imaginative configurations — a muddy sound mix and the sense that Bon Jovi himself was singing the song out of a sense of duty rather than conviction combined for a limp start.
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