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Bon Jovi Pre-Show Article in Indianapolis Star 22 November 2000
"Arena rockers adhere to crowd-pleasing formula"

Source: Indianapolis Star, November 19, 2000;

Richie Sambora believes anyone who attends a Bon Jovi concert is in good hands.

After all, as the song says, he's seen a million faces and rocked them all.

Guitarist Sambora -- with vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, drummer Tico Torres and keyboard player David Bryan -- has spent the last half of 2000 playing outdoor stadiums in Japan and Europe.

In August, Bon Jovi played the final two rock shows at London's soon-to-be-demolished Wembley Stadium, the venue for Live Aid in 1985 and the 1948 Olympics. ("They were phenomenal, historic evenings," Sambora says).

On Wednesday, the band will bring its U.S. tour to Conseco Fieldhouse. Although it's a new room for a group that's sold out Market Square Arena many times, the formula for thrilling a live audience hasn't changed.

For starters, there are no shoegazers at a Bon Jovi concert. The singer, who's prone to perpetual jumping jacks onstage, offers bold testimony to the power of rock 'n' roll.

His infectious songs -- each featuring verses as melodic and memorable as the chorus-- are never met with indifference.

"The people are as an important part of the event as the band," Sambora says during a recent telephone interview. "That's what we've learned over the years as live entertainers: To get the audience involved and make sure they're a big part of the show. When the host of the party has a good time, I think the party is always good."

Sambora promises an impressive stage set, including a giant video screen that separates and moves.

"People want to come see Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora," he says. "We worked all our lives to be famous. Why shun it?"


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