Bon Jovi Rocks The Air Canada Centre

It can truly be said that Bon Jovi knows how to put on a crowd-pleasing show. The popular rockers from New Jersey brought down the house last night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto with a twenty-six song, two and a half hour show. With no opening act the fifty-something year old band members played a variety of music from their early hits to songs from their upcoming album What About Now.

After starting the show with a bang by singing You Give Love A Bad Name Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd that he wasn’t planning on doing much talking. He said he loved being back in Toronto, and was going to sing for five hours over the course of two days. And sing he did. The seemingly ageless rocker stood in front of the microphone for almost the entire show, only moving away from centre stage on a couple of occasions. The first was to climb the video pillars at the back of the stage where he sang and danced his way up and down the moving backdrop, and the second was to make his way around the semi-circular catwalk that divided the audience on the floor.

The music itself was a nice mix of new and old. The audience was clearly a bigger fan of the hits such as Wanted Dead or Alive, Keep the Faith and Bad Medicine, although part of that would simply be because seven of the songs were off the new, unreleased album. The new music is what you’d expect from Bon Jovi, although none of the new songs really seemed to get the audience going. Thankfully most of the new music was split up so the show never seemed to lag at all.

Bon Jovi is in Toronto once again this evening for the second of their shows, and perhaps this time they will display more energy and excitement. It was almost as if they were going through the motions at times, including when they came out for their two encores. Typically a band will wait for more than a few seconds before coming back out to sing once again. They really didn’t even give the crowd time to cheer for their return before hitting the stage for a second and third time. That being said it was still a fun evening that included some great music, sing-a-long moments, and a trip down memory lane.

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