Bon Jovi takes awhile to rev up with hired guns

  • Article by: Jon Bream , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 8, 2013 - 7:25 AM

“100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong,” which is what the blockbuster rock band called its retrospective boxed set in 2004. But one frontman can be.

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dave122793Apr. 8, 1312:00 AM

Pretty low blow at the end there,Jon. What about loyalty to the fans that come out to the shows? Sounds like perhaps you have a personal bone to pick. Get shot down for an interview this time around? Stick to reviewing the concert and leave the personal attacks out of it. Pretty unprofessional.

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herby2013Apr. 8, 1312:53 AM

The hardcore fans do not care about Richie Sambora's absence from the band. Almost all of Bon Jovi's biggest "hits" were written by outside songwriters. It's true. Check the ASCAP website for authorship. Whoa oh oh, shake it up, just like bad medicine. Bad medicine is what I need. Oh, we're halfway there, whoa oh, livin' on a prayer. Take my hand, we'll make it I swear. Whoa oh, livin' on a prayer. Great songwriting, huh?

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TannersstationApr. 8, 13 1:35 AM

Bon Jovi is an excellent front man and always gives you his all. Tonight though seemed like a Vegas show instead of a concert. Whether Jon wants to accept it or not , Richie is a presence on stage and essential to the show. Jon is the constant driving force of the band but Richie gives it it's soul!

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herby2013Apr. 8, 13 4:14 AM

I'm looking forward to seeing some video from this performance on Youtube. Was it worth the $150 ticket price? Hahahaha. What is the best part of Bon Jovi's music? Could it be that the songs are almost all chorus? Nobody remembers the lyrics to the verses. The verses are unimportant filler as far as the song structure is concerned. Is the best part that the choruses repeat over and over and over and over and over? Or maybe it's Bon Jovi's tried-and-true "it's us against them and we're gonna make it" lyrical themes, on the songs that were not written by professional songwriters. You know, the type of lyrics that appeal to teenage girls, who are the only ones who have the limited intellectual capacity to enjoy such drivel. "I'll be there for you. These five words I swear to you. When you breathe, I want to be the air for you. I'll be there for you!" Repeat 20 times. Oh, and the lyrics always rhyme. Can't record a song without rhyming lyrics, can we? "Shot to the heart. And you're to blame. Darlin' you give love, a bad name." Whoa oh, whoa oh oh. Written by Desmond Child, who is best known for writing most of Kiss' early-to-mid 80s material and for writing Aerosmith's biggest "hits" for their 1980s comeback. Whoa oh, whoa oh oh.

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dighollywoodApr. 8, 13 4:43 AM

Mick Mars NOT Tommy Lee is the guitarist in Motley Crue. The article writer mentioned two guitarists (Edge and Richards)with Tommy Lee > yikes! Tommy Lee is the drummer for Motley. Hint: Tommy Lee is the tall skinny dude in the back typically sitting down that hits the cymbals.

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spemmarApr. 8, 13 7:34 AM

Bon Jovi? Didn't get it when they came out in the 80s; and still don't get the appeal. Any band that is considered an "icon" and still does cover tunes of far great "icon's" the Stones is not a legendary band. Sorry, that's just the facts. Last time I checked the Stones where doing covers of other bands, neither has Zepplin, McCartney, Paul Simon, Sting, U2, etc....by the way, Bieber ironically does a lot of covers from what I understand..

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jasmine0460Apr. 8, 13 7:39 AM

Jon, I really can not believe that you were at the same concert as I was last night. That place was rocking from the very first song! I have been a fan for 30's years and I say that Phil X did an awesome job, Richie Who is what I say!He was not missed by this fan at all!

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canby1973Apr. 8, 13 8:02 AM

I was at the concert last night and, while I was really, really disappointed that Richie Sambora wasn't there, I do agree that the show must go on. The fans were there to see Bon Jovi, and we saw Bon Jovi all right. It was a terrific concert and Jon Bon Jovi put his absolute all into giving us a great show. I've never been to a show that is nearly 3 hours long with no breaks and no opening act. I do agree that Sambora was missed, particularly on "I'll Be There for You," which he has been singing on this tour. His presence would have lifted this show from wonderful to incredible. But I don't fault Jon Bon Jovi for not disappointing his fans. I fault Richie Sambora for leaving the rest of us behind.

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deadrevApr. 8, 13 8:40 AM

Shocker: You pay to see vapid pop music, you get vapid pop music.

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uncleedgarApr. 8, 13 8:49 AM

spemmar - The Stones, Beatles (McCartney) and Zeppelin frequently do covers in their sets, some directly and many indirectly. Zeppelin is known for doing many modified blues covers as are the Stones. McCartney has done entire albums and live concerts of covers (see the Live at the Cavern club DVD, it's excellent!) So there really is no place to knock an artist for paying homage to their influences. Everyone does it in one way or another. It's sad Richie wasn't at the show, I didn't go because I am not a fan, but a good friend of mine went and he enjoyed the concert quite a bit. He said it was different without Richie, but a great show non-the less.

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