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Bon Jovi, Not Worth the Price of Admission
Bon Jovi's live concert in Dallas was a bust for us!
My husband, best friend, and I are all big music buffs. We are also all big 80's hairband fans. Over the years, we have seen most of our favorites. I saw Def Leppard and Poison back in the early 90's when they were still in their heyday and amazing. Now that is it 30 years later, how many of these bands have stood the test of time.
Slaughter, who wasn't nearly as big as the others, was a side note band in our playlist then. We just saw them at the beginning of the month and Mark Slaughter's voice was still undeniably his and on pitch! Firehouse was another not quite as big of a band who I saw back in the day and more recently and they still sound amazing. Are they icons like Kiss or AC/DC? Well, of course not. At least they were as good as they were originally.
My top three band were Poison, Def Leppard, and Bon Jovi in that order. I saw Poison & Def Leppard in the 90's and Def Leppard again 2 years ago. They were spot on. It was just as good 2 years ago as it was 25 years ago. Lots of energy, all our favorite chart topping songs, and they performed their British butts off!
Bon Jovi could not have been a more opposite experience. We did not pay full price for the tickets since I waffled back & forth on whether to see them at all without Richie Sambora. Were they still Bon Jovi without him? Absolutely not is the answer to that question.
Richie has never publicly said why he left the band but I think it is because they are no longer Bon Jovi. They are no long a rock band. Jon can't sing any of the old stuff. The new stuff has been written for him to sing the 5 notes he can still hit. For "Lay Your Hands," he has the crowd sing the main line about 12 times.
The band is up to 3 guitars, a drum set, a percussion set, and a keyboard. When Jon did sing, you could barely hear him over the music. They would the newer songs from 3 to 6 minutes bu repeating the chorus or letting the band play forever. Don't waste your money on tickets to Bon Jovi. You will hear a song or two from "Slippery When Wet" and "New Jersey" and the other 2 1/2 hours will be lounge sounding fluff that people at least 20 years older will enjoy.
It is NOT a rock concert and it is NOT Bon Jovi. It's no wonder Richie left. They are a fraud now.
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