Bon Jovi at SPAC

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At the intersection of rock anthems and the willing suspension of irony, there is a guy with really great hair.

Bon Jovi is scheduled to play at SPAC July 22. Tickets go on sale June 10 (there's also a pre-sale) -- they're $35 and up (there's also a lawn four-pack for $99).

Back when "Livin' on a Prayer" and "You Give Love a Bad Name" were atop the charts in the 80s, it's probably safe to say Bon Jovi wasn't a lock to become a mainstay of pop music. A Rolling Stone review of Slippery When Wet was scathing: calling the lyrics cliche, the band "barely functional," Jon Bon Jovi's voice "bland," and the whole thing a "a smudgy Xerox of Quiet Riot." Burn. (Or were people saying "snap" back then? Maybe it was something else.)

But the band has gone onto sell 135 million records -- and hit the #1 spot on the US album chart in three different decades.

Tom Petty + Wallflowers
The Wallflowers have been added to the Tom Petty show at SPAC June 23. Tickets are $39.50 and up.

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photo via Bon Jovi Facebook

Comments

I remember saying FACE a lot back in the 80s. More like "faaaaacccccccccccccccccccccce".

I wonder what JIMMY GUTERMAN, the guy who wrote that review is doing these days?

While I'm no fan of Bon Jovi, I like critics even less. I wonder what Jimmy G is a smudgy Xerox of these days?

Talking about this with my longtime friend last night, we were reminicing about the time Bon Jovi (at the height of the Slippery When Wet tour) came to the Saratoga Raceway, and what a huge deal that was for the entire region, people coming in from as far away as Maine and Buffalo for it.... and getting stuck in the traffic jam on the Northway and having to walk in from there, and then having to stand for the entire show..... that was a night to remember. I think they might have hit close to 70,000 people there that night - who knows for sure, but it was a lot more than SPAC's 25,000 max. Ah, memories of an old fogey....

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