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Bon Jovi Fires Up Fans With Sing-Along Hits 16 March 2003
Article from Tampa Tribune

Source: Tampa Tribune

TAMPA - It's an old Tin Pan Alley adage: Don't bore us, get to the chorus.
In other words, shelve your pretensions and give us something we can hum.

Bon Jovi's music has revealed little in the way of pretense during its 20-year history. And boy, do those guys know about choruses: big, hook- filled, sing-along choruses that even people who claim to hate 'em can sing from memory.

A sold out St. Pete Times Forum crowd of 16,458 sang the chorus of ``You Give Love a Bad Name'' so loudly they almost drowned out the band.

Same thing with ``Livin' on a Prayer,'' ``Wanted Dead or Alive'' and ``It's My Life''; they've all seeped into the collective pop music subconscious. Sing ``I'm a cowboy,'' and someone almost inevitably will answer ``on a steel horse I ride.''

The band felt confident enough to front-load its set list with its biggest hits. All of the songs mentioned were performed well within the first hour of a show that went past two hours.

A band can get away with it when its second-string catalog includes material as infectious as ``Raise Your Hand,'' which had the manic melody of glam-rock pioneers The Sweet.


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