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Monday, July 12, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Bon Jovi

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Even when its short, hair takes a while to decompose
  • Even when it's short, hair takes a while to decompose
It’s debatable whether or not Bon Jovi deserve a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. In its defense, the band has sold more than 100 million albums in a career that stretches back to the early ’80s, when “Runaway” became a hit and launched the working-class Jersey boys. By the end of the decade, Bon Jovi were one of the biggest bands in the country. “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and “You Give Love a Bad Name” are arena-ready rock anthems made for group singalongs, high-five slaps, and cheap-beer slamming. Even when grunge hit, Bon Jovi escaped relatively unscathed, continuing to deliver hits. Even last year’s forgettable The Circle managed to go gold during a time when selling 100,000 records isn’t easy. Detractors claim the group’s music doesn’t have the depth or artistic integrity expected from a Rock Hall inductee. And they have a point. Even though he ardently continues to speak up for the working man and has been a staunch democratic supporter in several presidential elections, you certainly won’t confuse frontman Jon Bon Jovi with that other singer from New Jersey. Bon Jovi play Blossom at 8 p.m. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes open. Tickets range from $30 to $175. — Jeff Niesel

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