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Bon Jovi Pleases the Ears And the Eyes 6 August 2003
Saratoga concert article

Source: The Saratogian

SARATOGA SPRINGS - They came from everywhere. Bon Jovi fans young and old traveled to Saratoga Springs Sunday from around New York state, New Jersey, even from Montreal.

Lisa Demmons, a member of the Bon Jovi fan club, came from Mayfield armed with a box of 500 glow sticks that she handed out to fans.

"Wave them during 'Wanted Dead or Alive,'" the die-hard fan instructed.

Demmons has been a fan since the mid-1980s. By the end of the tour, which wraps up with two shows at Giants Stadium Thursday and Friday, Demmons estimates she will have seen the band 25 times.

And with good reason: despite being around for 20 years now, Jon Bon Jovi and the boys show no signs of slowing down.

The Sunday night show at SPAC was worth traveling 1,000 miles or more for. It was nothing short of spectacular.

Even though the band performed at Pepsi Arena exactly five months before, fans were treated to an entirely new show, with a new stage set and set list.

Jon Bon Jovi and company jammed through 23 numbers in just more than two hours, including newer songs like "Bounce," "Everyday" and "It's My Life" and classic Bon Jovi tunes such as "Living on a Prayer," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "You Give Love a Bad Name" and the one that started it all, "Runaway."

There were plenty of unexpected moments, too - like when they performed the Elvis classic "Can't Help Falling in Love" and when Jon Bon Jovi pulled a girl of about 8 or 9 out of the crowd during "Bed of Roses" and danced around the stage with her. She gave him a kiss and he kissed her back.

"Eat your heart out, girls," he joked as throngs of female fans shouted at the tops of their lungs.

The show was pretty much for the girls. In addition to the great music, it was eye candy galore as he constantly flashed his sexy smile and made every woman in the audience feel like he was singing only to her.

Guitarist Richie Sambora held his own as well, wearing black pants with the word "love" written in sequins in an area that you couldn't help looking at.

There were probably plenty of women who spent Monday nursing sore throats after all of the screaming that went on.

The band wrapped up the night with their standard encore of "Bad Medicine" and "Shout." It was sad to see the show come to an end.

The attendance was estimated at just more than 11,000, but from the amount of traffic backed up on Route 9 and the number of people on the lawn, it seemed like a lot more.


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