Columbus Dispatch - concert review
|Bon Jovi: Band makes sure it's a hit with fans
Bon Jovi opened its two-hour-plus show in Nationwide Arena last night with You Give Love A Bad Name, Raise Your Hands and Lost Highway, hits ready-made to get the packed house rocking. Then, as if to up the ante, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi promised “We’re going to play every hit you’ve ever known from the last 30 years.”
It mattered little that the next two songs were from the band’s new What About Now album, to be released on Tuesday. The energy barely slacked, even during material not already proven.
More importantly, it signaled a new direction for the band, one that sounded as if it wants to revisit its New Jersey beginnings. Because We Can, the lead single, suggested a Bruce Springsteen ballad as sung by a contemporary country hit-maker.
That’s What The Water Made Me was a mature musing about Bon Jovi’s roots, a heartfelt celebration of life on the shore wrapped in something like Phil Spector pop. Like the title track performed later, it received a warm reception, even though it opted for something more insightful than the standard Bon Jovi topics of partying, bad lovers and confessions of undying love.
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