Timeless hits, air punches as silver fox rocker goes old school
JON Bon Jovi made a boxer’s entrance, jogging down the sidelines and slapping hands as he made his way to the band’s final Australian concert at ANZ Stadium in Sydney last night.
The rock prize fighter, well practised in the showmanship required in the stadium ring, wasted no time bouncing across the stage, throwing his arms in shadow punches and revving the crowd up with those preacherlike spirit fingers.
The response to the opening one-two punch of You Give Love A Bad Name and Raise Your Hands confirmed this 55,000 plus crowd of true believers, scattered with some younger converts, were up for the challenge of matching the power of Bon Jovi’s sound system.
Their founding frontman and his band came armed with an enviable catalogue of hits assembled across their three decades.
While other pop extravaganzas by Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift filled their stadium productions this year with megaton screens, fireworks and stuff that flew or blew up, Bon Jovi keep it old school, with a modest runway into the ground and the might of their musicianship.
The silver fox frontman and his bandmates were generous with their delivery of fan favourites and enduring rock radio staples including Lay Your Hands On Me, Bed of Roses and Bad Medicine. But the band also deserve massive props for not prepackaging the set list on this tou.
As everyone left the stadium having just sung their lungs out to the big hits Wanted Dead and Alive and Livin’ On A Prayer, you would be have to be the judgiest judgey fan to not have had a rocking good Saturday night.
Jon Bon Jovi.