14 albums, over 120 million copies sold. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Nearly 3,000 concerts played, at least 100,000,000 fans to their credit and the endurance to still be here, making my heart thump and soar, twenty-five years after the release of their first album – Is it any wonder that the early midnight of Sunday morning found me strutting down my own hallways with a hot rocker stride, singing at the top of my lungs, rocking out in true, no-one’s-here-to-see fashion?
We should be so honored. This was the thought that ran through my head earlier that evening as I made my way up the several flights of stairs that would lead me to an evening of pulse-pounding, shout-singing, ear-caressing, pleasure-screaming, awe-inspiring wonder.
Yes, this past weekend, Bon Jovi kicked off their Circle Tour in Key Arena, Seattle. Now this is probably something I should have told you about in advance. Say, in enough time for you to also get tickets and experience the inspiring lyrical wonder that is Bon Jovi. But it is okay if you didn’t go. Your life isn’t that empty. See?
I took pictures! So put on your favorite Bon Jovi record and I’ll tell you how it went down. And if you think I’m being far too enthusiastic, if my praise seems a little exaggerated, I promise you on my honor as a lifelong listener of Bon Jovi that I am telling you every word true.
Or maybe Bon Jovi isn’t to your taste. Maybe you have a virulent and inexplicable hatred of 80s music. Maybe hearing Bon Jovi for you is like having someone drive a leukotome between your ears with merciless force and no anesthetic. Maybe Bon Jovi is a little pedestrian for your tastes. Yeah, I know there are some of you out there. That’s okay. For all those It’s My Life-haters out there, you and I both know you can still sing the words to any one of their hits, courtesy of the fact that this band’s mark on the music scene is penetrating, indelible, and inescapable.
That’s right. No escape for you. It’s The Pit and the Pendulum all over again.
It started with Dashboard Confessional, who is sensational, by the way. My favorite album by them is Dusk and Summer, especially their songs Currents and Rooftops and Invitations.
They even played Vindicated, which fellow trivia connoisseurs will know headlined the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. That was a good movie. You wonder how they went wrong between 2 and 3.
At any rate. Dashboard Confessional played and sang and glowed under the lights like the musical man-angels they are before graciously ceding the stage. The overhead lights clicked off, dousing the arena with foggy shadows punctuated by the dim blue of hundreds of cell phones as my fellow concert-goers checked the time, or updated their status in what were no doubt futile attempts to siphon off their excitement.
And then they appeared on stage. Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Tico Torres, and Dave Bryan. My friend Mariel had accompanied me and neither of us were so uncouth as to throw our panties at the stage (which still happens, can you believe that?); we were, however, rooted to the edges of our seats until a spectacular belting-out of It’s My Life had us on our feet and jiving in the aisle. For the next 2 hours.
The band was utterly ruthless in the utilization of their awesomeness.
Now I could rhapsodize further, but I understand that you might want to run over to Silver Platters and buy as many Bon Jovi albums as you can find there. So I’ll let you go with this: Upcoming events that you might want to attend so that I don’t have the chance to rub it in your face that I went and you didn’t.
Sunday, February 28, 2010 (2PM-5PM) Legislate to Liberate at the Seattle Public Library.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 – U2 at Qwest Field.
Labor Day Weekend, 2010 – Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge.