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Bon Jovi
A Concert Review
[More Photos From the Concert]

August 19, 1995

The New World
Music Theater

Tinley Park, IL

A Review and Photos by
The Dude on the Right
Bon Jovi rocks!! Yep, you heard it right, Bon Jovi - you know, that band that you heard because your older brother played "Runaway" over and over again way back when. Well, the boys made the long trek from New Jersey, over to the ugly confines of the World Music Theatre (I don't think I'll ever like that place), and put on a 2 1/2 hour show that had all of the hot looking ladies in the crowd (and they were everywhere) screaming, and all of the guys either singing along or ogling the, well, you get the idea.

It was a night in support of "These Days," the latest effort from the Bon Jovi boys, and touched on old, new, and some covers that you would never expect to hear from this little old band from NJ.

Opening with "Rockin' in the Free World," it was destined to be a great night, and it was. The hits were there, you know, your "Livin' on a Prayer" with the crowd still knowing their role, "Runaway," a perpetual anthem of the '80's, and our theme song from our trip to New Jersey "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead." But there was more, much more...

New songs from the new album, which I read some guy say, to paraphrase, dredged up New Jersey working-class songs, to which he thought odd since Jon Bon Jovi is so rich now that he shouldn't have any idea how "blue collar" people feel. To which I say, "what the
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hell should Jon write about - 'Hey God, I'm rich and the rest of the people can kiss my ass.' Please, so Jon can't fit the role now, but the lyrics still touch on anyone - enough ramblings - I love the album!) Oh yea, he played "Hey God," a great song called "Damned," a new single in "Something for the Pain," and the return to the spotlight song, "This Ain't a Love Song."

And they he played others. I talked about "Rockin'," but they tossed in some Rolling Stones, a crowd pleaser for everyone in "Shout," and a great rendition of "With a Little Help From My Friends," showed that Bon Jovi can touch on more than just their own material to keep a crowd on it's feet for over 2 hours.

About the only disappointment I had was he played some solo stuff, a la "Blaze of Glory," but left out solo material from Richie Sambora, who had a little known but awesome album called "Stranger in this Town." Oh well!

The band was on, the crowd was great, and Bon Jovi showed that they can still rock after all these years.

Yep, you guessed it, Bon Jovi gets TWO HUGEMONGOUS THUMBS UP from me!!!! I loved the show, love the new album, love Richie's solo album, and quite honestly, wasn't looking at Jon the whole time. I guess an appendage up would be in order, but not necessarily for the band.

Way cool, even though it was about a bjillion degrees. And yep, summer is coming to a close, and what a good summer it was. School is getting ready to start, so start getting those thinking caps on!!! Party Smart, and as always, Rellim Reeb, Rellim Reeb!!!!


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