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Bon Jovi's musical marathon marries something old, something new ... and everything cool 17 March 2013
Plain Dealer - concert review

Source: Plain Dealer

Most young bands who roll through Cleveland manage to fit only 18 or 19 songs in the 90 minutes or so between the clichéd “Hello, Cleveland!’’ and the gratuitous “G’night! We love you!’’

What a bunch of twentysomething sissies.

You want to see a real band, get yourself a ticket to a Bon Jovi concert the next time Jon Bon Jovi (51), Richie Sambora (53), David Bryan (51) and Tico Torres (59) visit the North Coast.

And don’t plan on a post-concert aperitif at your local watering hole. By the time these guys – who are aided by touring bassist Hugh McDonald (62) and guitarist Bobby Bandiera (59) are done, the bars will be closed and Dunkin’ Donuts will be the happenin’ place.

For almost three hours Saturday night, Bon Jovi kept a packed Quicken Loans Arena on its collective feet, mashing through 27 songs – including SEVEN encores. Yeah, seven. And it didn’t really matter that having three sets of encores clearly were scripted; this was a party neither band nor audience wanted to end.

Bon Jovi has been around for 30 years now, and Saturday’s show really was a live greatest hits double album. Lead singer Bon Jovi is as dynamic a performer as there is, but what’s amazing is that his voice is able to hold up through songs like “You Give Love a Bad Name,’’ “Livin’ On a Prayer,’’ “Runaway,’’ “Lost Highway,’’ “Faith,’’ “Have a Nice Day’’ and more.


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