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Bon Jovi looks -- and sounds -- sharp 18 April 2003
Concert review from Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Dwarfed by three mock satellite dishes upon which video feeds were projected, Bon Jovi bounced onto the KeyArena stage and the sold-out crowd bounced along with them.

Tuesday's concert was one of the last in a world tour that has brought back old fans and won a new generation of rockers who had never experienced a full-blown 1980s arena rock show.

Songs from the group's current best-selling album, "Bounce," and 1986 breakthrough, "Slippery When Wet," constituted half the show, with new songs like "Everyday," the first single from "Bounce," holding its own with "Livin' on a Prayer" and other classics.

Singer Jon Bon Jovi, at 40 still the all-American boy, was clad in tight blue jeans and a button-down shirt. Guitarist Richie Sambora, who received equal face time on the monitors, sported a long fringe coat. Projecting a timeless sense of good times, these partners in rock 'n' roll took their fans on a two-hour ride that connected the idealism of youth to an adulthood in which emotions still run deep.

Songs like "Runaway," the band's very first single, with its simple melody covering a broad emotional range, showed off Bon Jovi's still flexible voice. Sambora's guitar playing was spot on, having lost neither the conviction nor the technique of his early years. The band as a whole had a crisp, dense sound.


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