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Bon Jovi Rocks South Florida on Birthday 8 March 2013
Billboard article

Source: Billboard

Jon Bon Jovi celebrated his birthday March 2 with an emotional show at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. that featured a relentless string of hits that spanned Bon Jovi's 30-year-career, but also highlighted the group's continued musical and on-stage relevance.

The "Because We Can" tour, so named for the first single of the group's upcoming album "What About Now," was as much about the old hits as the new in the making, with a vast arsenal of music performed with extraordinary musicianship by guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres and Bon Jovi, who looks fit and trim and whose voice sounds equally undiminished by time.

"Happy Saturday night to you," he said simply after the kicking off the show with a bang with "You Give Love a Bad Name" -- followed by "Raise Your Hands" and "Lost Highway" before introducing new material.

"We want to play new stuff from the new album, starting off with the new single," he added. "Then, I promise you'll hear all the hits you wanna hear for the next three hours."

But this evening was far from an exercise in nostalgia, thanks in part to a jaw-dropping, changing "screen" made up of giant, hexagonal columns that dropped from above and rose from the floor, acquiring varying shapes (at one point, Bon Jovi jumped from column to column) and serving as sets, frames and screens of varying shapes and for a wide array of visual material (standouts included the water droplets and the graphic-novel imagery). While some may yearn for the pyrotechnics of yore, trust me when I say this was far more impressive.


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