Live Review: Bon Jovi answers SA fans' prayers at AAMI Stadium in Adelaide

By Louise Treccasi (The Advertiser)

THEY told us to Keep The Faith and, for 18 years, more than 50,000 fans did just that.

US rock legends Bon Jovi returned to Adelaide for the first time since 1995, bringing its Because We Can world tour to AAMI Stadium on Wednesday night.

The football stadium was transformed into a massive stage with a giant blue 1959 Buick.

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The New Jersey boys may be a bit older, and missing a much-loved band member, but they still sure know how to entertain a crowd and throw a party.

OK, so I admit it was weird not having guitarist Richie Sambora there - Wanted Dead or Alive just didn’t sound the same without the two cowboys and their guitars.

At 51, frontman Jon Bon Jovi’s energy is contagious and he had the crowd - which seemed to be mostly female - singing along as he strutted his stuff in his tight jeans and famous American flag jacket.

Jon kept asking the crowd if we were with him and ordered everyone to get out of our seats and have fun.

Truth is, we’ve been with him and the band for more than three decades.

"Are you with me Adelaide?" he shouted.

"I’ve waited a long time to come back.

"Get up out of your seats."

The crowd was dancing in the aisles from the opening number, That’s What the Water Made Me.

The hits kept coming for three hours. But the crowd had come to hear their favourites: Bad Medicine, You Give Love a Bad Name, It’s My Life, and of course the band’s signature anthem - Li vin’ on a Prayer.

The concert had been a long time coming but was worth the wait.

We all made the journey home knowing we had just spent an unforgettable night with one of the world’s greatest live music acts.