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|"Bon Jovi Still Rocks the Joint"
In the late '80s, such albums as "Slippery When Wet" and "New Jersey" made Bon Jovi one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. An entire generation came of age listening to the group's emotive power ballads and walloping rockers about teen angst, raging hormones and the struggle of growing up and finding your place in the world.
But the '90s were scary times for old-school rockers. In reaction to the grunge phenomenon, many of Bon Jovi's pop-metal contemporaries were reduced to sad irrelevance.
But Jon Bon Jovi didn't give in. His namesake group withstood rap and alt-rock, weathered the critics - and now he's finding himself in a rather unexpected position.
Last June, Bon Jovi the band released "Crush," its seventh album, and returned to a thriving level of popularity. "Crush," which debuted in the Top 10, has been certified platinum in the U.S. and has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. It made the band first-time Grammy nominees, for best rock performance by a group (for the single "It's My Life") and for best rock album.
Bon Jovi - Jon, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres - has launched the "One Wild Night Tour" in support of "Crush," including a visit to the Pepsi Center on Monday night.
Clearly, Jon Bon Jovi has the aura of someone who has attained everything he wants in life.
"I'm going to be there to enjoy this one, to take it in. I remember last time being on that stage thinking, "Be great tonight! Don't blow this!' In July, I'm going to go up there and go, "This is wonderful!' I'm not going to lose any hair over it. It's a great mentality to have. I'm completely cool with where I am at this time in my life."
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