"New Jersey rockers struggle for high points"
|Indianapolis Concert Review from "Indianapolis Star"
Wednesday night proved to be a working holiday for Jon Bon Jovi, as the rock star struggled for every small victory during his band's performance at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Granted, Indianapolis music fans never forget a hit-maker from the '80s. But on this night, the audience of 8,500 wanted its entertainer to deliver the goods before unleashing the love.
Sometimes Bon Jovi was up to the task; many times the band wasn't.
A tepid response to You Give Love a Bad Name, the evening's second song, had to be perceived as an ominous sign.
During an abbreviated performance at Deer Creek Music Center this summer, Jon and Co. witnessed everything but blood flowing down the aisles when they uncorked this crowd-pleaser.
On Wednesday, the group found its collective pulse by revisiting 1992 hit Keep the Faith. While Bon Jovi worked a pair of maracas vigorously, drummer Tico Torres pounded a tribal rhythm.
The vocalist continued to accrue sweat equity during follow-up number Livin' On a Prayer (even though he wanted no part of high notes that were handled by keyboard player David Bryan).
Unfortunately, it was just as common for the band to derail.
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