New Jersey vets launch new album, new venue
"This is probably the smallest thing we did since dinner last night at my place," joked Jon Bon Jovi Monday night, referring to the intimate confines of the Nokia Theater Times Square in New York City. His band Bon Jovi christened the new 2,100-capacity venue -- the audience included Jay-Z, Beyonce and L.A. Reid, among others -- by bringing out their arena-sized blast of melodic hooks and rock-star poses.
It was an auspicious occasion for the New Jersey rockers to kick off the release of their brand-new album, Have a Nice Day, which debuts in stores today. Other than being the launch for the new album and the theater's grand opening, the sold-out show was also a multimedia event that was broadcast live on AOL, XM Satellite Radio and more than 100 movie screens across the country. Then again, having sold 100 million-plus albums worldwide and performed more than 2,500 concerts in front of 32 million people, Bon Jovi have embraced the notion of spectacle throughout their twenty-two-year career.
With several cameras placed throughout the venue to capture every angle for the broadcast, Bon Jovi started things off with the aggressive "Last Man Standing." It was one of a handful of new songs off of Have a Nice Day, along with the album's defiant title track and the upbeat "Who Says You Can't Go Home." The band delivered emotional readings of their early heartland rocker "The Radio Saved My Life Tonight" and an unplugged "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night."
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