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Bon Jovi takes you on a musical journey with ‘Because We Can’ tour

| Thu, Mar 7, 2013

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Bon Jovi takes you on a musical journey with ‘Because We Can’ tour

Jon Bon Jovi, along with his band and a sold-out house, celebrated his 51st birthday last Saturday in Lauderdale’s BB&T Center, one of the many stops in their “BON JOVI Because We Can – The Tour” in anticipation of their upcoming album, WHAT ABOUT NOW, to be released March 12th on Island Records.

Guitarist Richie Sambora, told SunSentinel that this was the first time in the band’s existence that they have toured before they put a record out. “So I guess we’re going to find out [if the fans like the new material] aren’t we?”

So what did the fans that attended thought of this show? I would say the audience was split 50/50 between those that loved it and those that hated it.

Fans that have followed the band’s career for years (such as myself) loved it. I have been through my share of Bon Jovi shows, having gone to several shows in every tour since Keep The Faith in 1995. This tour was different though, as the band took you through a musical trajectory in their career, playing everything far and in between. From his wild, long-haired “Runaway” days, to the cowboy version of “Wanted Dead or Alive,” to the [oh my god he got a haircut] “Keep The Faith” days, and the very opinionated, political “Because We Can” stand.

However, you can’t please them all. A lot of fans thought the set was a dry, complaining that hits such as “Just Older” and “Blood on Blood” were left out. They also were disappointed the band didn’t do anything special for Jon’s birthday, other than having Richie whisper “Happy Birthday” as they strummed the guitar as they started another song. This may have been because his brother and manager, Matt Bongiovi, sent tweets (which seem to have been deleted) saying that “our leader” had requested no birthday signs, and later that no signs were to be allowed at any show from now on.

Overall, the set was filled with both old classics and new hits, there was no doubt that the audience got their money’s worth. There are only a handful of bands from the ’80s who can boast the staying power and popularity that it takes to sell out arenas, year after year and tour after tour. Judging by the reception and the performance last night, Bon Jovi hasn’t lost a step yet.

The new album’s first hit single, “Because We Can,” was the biggest single launch in the iTunes era of the band’s storied career, hitting the iTunes Top 5 in 24 countries and reaching #1 in 12 countries. The enormous AEG-promoted tour began on February 9, and snakes through the U.S. and Canada until late July.

Set List:

Bad Name
Raise Your Hands
Lost Highway
Because We Can
Water Made Me
It’s My Life
Runaway
What About Now
We Got It Going On
Lost Highway
Keep The Faith
Amen
Bed of Roses
I’ll Be There For You
Captain Crash
We Weren’t Born To Follow
Saturday Night
Sleep When I’m Dead
Wanted
Who Says You Can’t Go Home
Bad Medicine
Memory
In These Arms
Born To Be My Baby
Have A Nice Day
Prayer

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