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|"Bon Jovi Greet Faithful At Jersey Homecoming"
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — A rock and roll church opened in the Jersey swamps for the second time in the past couple of years.
The latest temple — established in Giants Stadium by the Reverend Jon Bon Jovi during his band's massive homecoming show Friday night — was louder and flashier than the previous model, as led by some guy named Springsteen.
But for anyone who caught Bruce's 1999-00 tour with the E Street Band — which found the Boss declaring "the magic, the mystery, the ministry" of rock every night — the gospel as preached by Bon Jovi sounded like that old-time religion.
"You're in Jonny's church — ain't no sinners here," Bon Jovi shouted after a stadium-rattling version of "Lay Your Hands on Me." As during most of the evening's greatest-hits set, Bon Jovi got a boost from tens of thousands of extra backing singers amid the fanatical hometown crowd.
When Jon asked, "I'm looking for the faithful, are the faithful out there?" there was little doubt of the answer.
The adoring crowd even greeted guitarist Richie Sambora's "Stranger in This Town," a soul ballad from his 1991 solo album, with rapturous cheers and the requisite sing-along.
The show, and a second one Saturday, marked the end of Bon Jovi's tour behind One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001. The rest of the tour hit arenas and amphitheaters, but in Jersey, where local heroes are not soon forgotten, Bon Jovi is still a stadium act.
The American flag-waving crowd, much of which was decked out either in vintage Jovi T-shirts or shirts embossed with the Superman logo (in honor of a tattoo on Jon's arm), got its money's worth.
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