"Bon Jovi comes of age"
|New Jersey Concert Review From "The Record"
In his new song "Just Older," Jon Bon Jovi sings about being happy with the skin he's in. He's grown up, but he's no old man.
In its concert at Continental Arena Thursday night, Bon Jovi, the band, showed that it too has matured but by no means is a rock dinosaur.
Performing at the arena for the first time since 1993, Bon Jovi, which rose to stardom in the Eighties, played an energetic mix of greatest hits and new tunes from its latest album, "Crush."
This was no-frills Bon Jovi: no pyrotechnics, ramps, or arena-spanning catwalks adorning the stage as on previous tours. A simple brick wall provided the backdrop, and a giant movie screen above it projected the action onstage for the benefit of those in the nosebleed seats.
Taking the stage, vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, and bassist Hugh McDonald stood together, taking a minute to survey their sold-out audience. As the crowd roared its deafening approval, Jon Bon Jovi, dressed in gold leather pants and black leather jacket, gave a satisfied nod, and the band launched into one of its new songs, "One Wild Night."
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