Bon Jovi rocked Philadelphia for two nights

This article can be found published in the April 14, 2010 issue of Delaware County Community College’s newspaper, “The Communitarian.”
Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi perform in front of a sell-out crowd. (Candice Monhollan)

Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi perform in front of a sell-out crowd. (Candice Monhollan)

Bon Jovi took the stage in Philadelphia March 24 for his third show in two days, and the band rocked the roof off of the Wachovia Center.

Performing in front of a sold-out crowd, Bon Jovi put on a performance no one will soon forget.

Opening for the band was Dashboard Confessional, an alternate rock band from Boca Raton, Fla. The crowd enjoyed their music, some people standing to dance for some of their songs.

Bon Jovi took the stage at 8:30 p.m. behind the video screen that lowered to stage level. Once the screen lifted, the band began the show with “Happy Now” from their latest album, “The Circle.”

The band played seven songs from the new album throughout the night, including the radio hits “We Weren’t Born to Follow,” “Superman Tonight” and “When We Were Beautiful.”

They also made sure to have a good mix of older songs, covering nine different albums from their 27 years together.

At one point, Jon Bon Jovi got the crowd even more amped. He told the jam-packed arena that there was only one place where he would perform three shows in two days, and that was right here in Philadelphia.

Jon took a break roughly halfway through the show and let Richie Sambora take the lead and he sang “Homebound Train.”

Jon Bon Jovi sings "When We Were Beautiful." (Candice Monhollan)

Jon Bon Jovi sings “When We Were Beautiful.” (Candice Monhollan)

When Jon returned for the next song, he came out in the midst of the crowd on his circular stage and performed two songs. One of those songs was a crowd favorite, “Bed of Roses.”

All three other band members joined Jon out on the circle and played “Love for Sale” and “Something for the Pain” on different instruments. Jon and Richie stayed on guitar while David Bryan was on an accordion and Tico Torres played on a box drum.

To finish off the show, Bon Jovi came back on for a three-song encore, performing “Only Lonely” from their second album, “7800 Fahrenheit,” and arguable their two most famous songs, “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

The crowd was loud all night long, singing along with Jon during every song. For the entire show, no one touched their chairs, instead standing and dancing the night away.

Ages in the crowd ranged anywhere from children to senior citizens and the majority in attendance were women, but there was a fair share of men dispersed within as well.

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