Denver concert REVIEW (Rocky Mountain News)
|Bon Jovi Blazes Through Hits
Not long ago, Bon Jovi looked like a band destined to play places like the state fair and the Buffalo Rose. Isn't that where all '80s hair bands draw their last paychecks?
But lo and behold, Bon Jovi and 15,000 of the band's fans were at the Pepsi Center on Monday, defying the trends and making a smooth transition from MTV staples to VH1 darlings. Give the group credit for perseverance, a penchant for writing rock anthems and a game plan that included taking some time off.
Sure, the New Jersey rockers stayed a spell in "Where are they now?" purgatory, but that was partly by design. While trends changed, they sat on the sidelines. Some made solo albums, some acted in movies and one even had a child with Heather Locklear. Who needs to swim against the pop culture current when you have those sort of side jobs?
And then, just when radio was ready for another shot of sing-along rock, Bon Jovi bounced back with It's My Life, a carpe diem paean for middle-aged fans who can no longer fit into their spandex. Voila, the band reconnected with its audience and started selling out arenas again.
Bon Jovi's fans also persevered, and the group wasn't about to test their patience Monday. Within the first 30 minutes, the group already had played You Give Love a Bad Name, Livin' On A Prayer and the aforementioned It's My Life, pretty much covering its biggest hits before most car engines had time to cool in the parking lot.
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