By Chris Jordan, @ChrisFHJordan
Things didn’t go so well when Bon Jovi first played Madison Square Garden 35 years ago.
They opened for ZZ Top. Former member Richie Sambora’s guitar stopped working.
“I gave Richie my guitar and I just shook my (backside),” said Jon Bon Jovi from the stage of the Garden on Thursday, May 10. “The crowd started chanting ‘ZZ Top, ZZ Top.’ I didn’t know if we’d ever be back here.”
They made it back.
“My wildest dreams have come true,” Bon Jovi said.
Bon Jovi, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 14, are doing better these days. They staged a polished, powerful and fairly magnificent two-night stand that included Wednesday, May 9 at the Garden. It’s the “This House is Not for Sale 2018” tour, a victory lap marking the band’s 35th anniversary and Rock Hall Induction.
These guys know what to do. Part of that is making a connection to the audience. A new element of this leg of the “House” tour is Jon Bon Jovi standing on a platform in the audience to sing “Amen” and “Bed of Roses.” He sings them quite well.
It’s also a hands-on moment for audience members who are sitting near the platform. Jon deftly walks on the arm rests of aisle seats. Fans help balance Jon, and he gives out a kiss or two to customers.
“Corner lip to corner lip,” said Michele Amabile, disc jockey for 107.1 The Boss (WWZY-FM) in Long Branch and a correspondent for Variety, of her May 9 encounter. “In between verses, he leaned right down.”
“This was ultimate Bon Jovi concert.”
Friend Barbara Certisimo was steadying Jon as he kissed Amabile.
“He was grabbing our hands as he walked by,’ Certisimo said. “I grabbed his leg, too.”….Read Full Article Here