"Bon Jovi Rocks the Faithful"
|St. Louis Concert Review from "The Post-Dispatch"
It seems that Jon Bon Jovi can do it all. After several multi-platinum-selling albums with the New Jersey band that wears his moniker, he made the transition to Hollywood and scored above average marks for films like Moonlight and Valentino and U-571. Recently he was named People's Sexiest Rock Star. Away from music for five years, Bon Jovi proved Friday night at Savvis Center that you can go back home again.
On tour supporting yet another million selling album, Crush, and with a current hit single in It's My Life, Jon Bon Jovi has reunited with guitarist Richie Sambora and the rest of his band-mates to prove that he's still got what it takes, he's just older. With a stage designed to look like the roof-top of a brick brownstone, the low-key physicality of the set was overwhelmed by the large moveable video screen, and the intense light and video show that highlighted the band's every move.
Beginning with One Wild Night from the new album, You Give Love a Bad Name assured fans that they weren't going to have to wait too long for the hits. Forllowing Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars, Bon Jovi dove into some mock revival preaching, reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen's concert banter a year ago, which led suitably into Keep the Faith.
The band sounded polished to perfection, but with a robust, energetic edge. All Jon Bon Jovi had to do was hum the melody to get the audience to sing the intro to Livin' On a Prayer. Born to Be My Baby and the ballad Runaway offered Sambora and keyboardist David Bryan lots of room to express themselves, in arrangements that have come to resemble the music of Springsteen's E Street Band over time.
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