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Band: Bon Jovi
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto ON
Date: November 27, 2000
Members Of The Band:
Jon Bon Jovi (Vocals and Guitar)
Richie Sambora (Guitar and Vocals)
Tico Torres (Drums)
David Bryan (Keyboards and Vocals)
Hugh MacDonald (Bass and Vocals)
Comments: So, Rhonda’s friend Ada called her up on the morning of this show and asked if we had ever heard of Bon Jovi. Rhonda conceded that we had, indeed, heard of Bon Jovi. Ada proceeded to inform Rhonda that her husband had procured four tickets for that very evenings show.
“Are you and Stephen interested in joining us?”
“Umm, yes,” was Rhonda’s reply.
“What are they like?” Ada inquired, “we’ve never heard of them.”
Rhonda, who had the phone on speaker by this point regarded me.
“I don’t know. How would you describe Bon Jovi Stephen?”
I considered my response for a moment or two.
“Bon Jovi are everything that is dangerous about rock ‘n’ roll presented in a PG package.”
Which was all it took. We were going to see Bon Jovi that very evening. Now, the first time we had seen Bon Jovi had been with a pair of tickets won on Q107 on one of the hottest days of the summer of 1987. They had been 13 years younger (as had we). They had more hair (as had we). They had made so much more great music since then… we were 13 years older. The concert was fantastic. It felt, for all the world, as though we were sitting in on an intimate gig put on for friends and relations only, even though there were 12 to 15 thousand odd folks in attendance. I spent a fair amount of time watching the reactions of all in attendance; all were in complete thrall to these scruffy men from New Jersey.
On a side note, the songs It’s My Life and Just Older from the Bon Jovi release One Wild Night Live 1985-2001 were recorded at this show.