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Bon Jovi turns on the tunes in Greenville 18 May 2001
Greenville concert review

Source: GreenvilleOnline

Children of the '80s got their nostalgia fix Tuesday night at the Bi-Lo Center, and children of the '00s got to hear their favorite new band.

That was the generation-spanning appeal of Bon Jovi 30-somethings who fondly remember the band as the soundtrack of their youth and kids who just discovered them thanks to their new album, "Crush."

Bon Jovi didn't disappoint, giving fans a mix of old stuff and new, kicking off with a raucous version of "One Wild Night," a track from "Crush" that also lends its name to the band's forthcoming live album.

Performing on an artfully dingy, brick-warehouse-like set, the band led the audience on a crusade of rock 'n' roll with songs like "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Blaze of Glory."

"My religion is rock 'n' roll," lead singer Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd early in the show. "I'm lookin' for some faithful in this church of rock 'n' roll."

He found an arena full of the devout; fans danced and screamed and sang along to every word of "You Give Love a Bad Name." They flashed cigarette lighters during a duet of "I Can't Help Falling in Love" with Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora and slow-danced during "I'll Be There for You."

While Bon Jovi's vibe is definitely one of fun and love, the band took a slightly serious turn on the soulful "Keeping the Faith," flashing video of Vietnam, Tiananmen Square, the space shuttle Challenger explosion and a succession of athletes. They also inserted a verse of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" as Jon Bon Jovi knelt with outstretched hands.


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