From Chicago Sun Times
Bon Jovi is, surprisingly, back on the radar. In the late 1980s, the band bolted to superstar status with a combination of big hooks, big hair, cliche lyrics and dynamic in-concert music videos featuring infectious guitar riffs. The band's pop-metal anthems provided a soundtrack for millions of teens cruising the parking lots of America's malls.
A decade past its heyday, the New Jersey quintet is still plying its trade, but the hair and the album sales are much flatter today. Although Bon Jovi never officially broke up, the band has endured more than one long hiatus while its namesake lead singer (born John Francis Bongiovi) pursued acting jobs and a couple of solo albums.
Monday night at the Allstate Arena, the band mixed old hits with material from its latest release, the platinum-selling "Crush" (Island). Musically, the group remains just a few notches above that of a good bar band, but as a live act it succeeds wonderfully thanks to the dynamic showmanship of its lead singer.
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