Time­less hits, air punches as sil­ver fox rocker goes old school

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SAUCE -

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.

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