Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bon Jovi Doesn't Miss a Beat at Packed Scottrade Center Show

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bon Jovi Doesn't Miss a Beat at Packed Scottrade Center Show

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Listening to Jon Bon Jovi speak from the Scottrade Center stage Sunday night, it seemed a near miracle the band was even here on its current "This House is Not For Sale" tour.

Midway through the two-hour concert, the singer spoke about the turbulent times the band has gone through the past few years. "We've gone through a lot, and we came out on the other side," he said before new album cuts "God Bless This Mess" and "Scars on This Guitar."

"This record is about rising from the ashes, coming back bigger and better."

Though he wasn't specific and no names were mentioned, it was pretty obvious Jon Bon Jovi was, at least in part, talking about the departure of longtime star guitarist Richie Sambora, who isn't on the new album or tour. Though Sambora's contributions to the band helped make Bon Jovi what it is, the show must go on.

It turns out Bon Jovi is doing fine minus Sambora, judging by the chart-topping success of "This House is Not for Sale" and the packed audiences. Attendance in St. Louis was 17,500.

Bon Jovi's not missing a beat; it's still Bon Jovi as you know it.

On a simple, open set that eschewed anything in the way of bells and whistles (no LED screens, no elaborate moving parts, etc.), with fans seated behind the stage so the band had fans at every angle, Bon Jovi delivered upon its brand of roaring arena rock, love it or hate it.

You know what you're getting with Bon Jovi. There's nothing revolutionary here, but it's the uncomplicated feel of it all that's so appealing, even to this day.

The band, with drummer Tico Torres, keyboardist David Bryan, guitarist Phil X and bassist Hugh McDonald, opened with a pair of new songs, always a risky decision for a veteran band in front of a packed crowd looking for the classics, though the risk paid off with the title track followed by "Knockout."

There was little it seemed the band could do wrong by this enthusiastic crowd, who hadn't seen Bon Jovi in concert since 2013. "It's good to be back. …

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