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October 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Saturday night’s Bon Jovi concert at the Tacoma Dome was like a Northwest homecoming for the New Jersey rock band, which performed there in the late 1980s and is currently the No. 1 touring act worldwide, according to Pollstar.
Grinning widely after nearly two hours of superheated rock ‘n’ roll, 51-year-old guitarist and lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (in an American flag jacket) recalled the band’s 1989 concert at the Tacoma venue and thanked fans for years of support and friendship. (Along with the Dome, the band is celebrating its 30th anniversary.)
“Still with me out there?” he said to the cheering crowd before launching into “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”
Longtime fans, some of whom likely attended that Tacoma concert in 1989, were out in force. They sang along loudly and enthusiastically to the band’s memorable anthems, including “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” “Bad Medicine” and “Runaway.”
But the marathon show’s first half-hour was filled with songs that sounded much too alike, and Jon Bon Jovi’s vocals were sometimes buried in the mix.
Phil Xenidis did an admirable job of filling in for singer-guitarist Richie Sambora, who left the band (or was fired) earlier this year. Also impressive was Rich Scannella, subbing for drummer Tico Torres, still recovering from a recent appendectomy. And keyboardist David Bryan was remarkable on “Keep the Faith,” giving his Hammond B-3 organ a vigorous workout. Filling out the group were guitarist Bobby Bandiera and bassist Hugh McDonald.
Changing into black leather, Jon Bon Jovi came to the lower ramp for a semi-acoustic set with Bryan (on accordion) and Bandiera (guitar) for “(You Want to) Make a Memory,” “Saturday Night” and a new song, “Thick As Thieves.” Then came a stirring, slow-burning version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire.”
The elaborate production included three video screens, banks of motorized lights and a backdrop of metal towers projecting beams of light.
“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” featured a raucous medley of the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Start Me Up” that was really fun.
For the finale of “Bad Medicine,” the band leader jokingly compared himself to Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and the twerking Miley Cyrus, then offered some wild dance moves for the Isley Brothers’ classic, “Shout.”
During the encore, the band’s highflying “Livin’ on a Prayer” prompted the noisiest singalong, nearly raising decibels to Seahawks stadium levels.
October 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM
According to Pollstar, Bon Jovi is the No. 1 touring act worldwide for 2013, scoring the top-grossing spot based on the strength of its wildly successful “Because We Can — The Tour,” which plays the Tacoma Dome on Saturday.
Last summer, the stadium leg of the tour featured a massive stage incorporating an inflatable replica of a big-finned 1959 Buick dubbed “Sofia.” But the fall leg also features a complex stage production incorporating 90 high-speed moving elements, described as “a kinetic sculpture of light and video.”
Among Bon Jovi’s band members is keyboardist David Bryan, who co-wrote the Broadway musical “Memphis” with Joe DiPietro. Other members include bassist Hugh McDonald and drummer Tico Torres, but beloved, longtime guitarist Richie Sambora left (or was fired) last summer and has been replaced on the tour by Philip Xenidis.
7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $19.50-$575 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
Gene Stout, Special to The Seattle Times
September 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Note: This story has been corrected. Kelly Clarkson did not play at the Gorge Amphitheatre Saturday. The show was cancelled at the last minute due to inclement weather.
With little subtlety and barrels of energy, Jason Aldean’s “Night Train 2013” tour steamrolled into the Tacoma Dome Friday night to the delight of a raucous, near-capacity crowd.
Though the concert lost momentum because of an overlong band introduction at the halfway point, things got back on track with a surprise appearance by Kelly Clarkson, who is scheduled to play the Gorge Amphitheatre with Maroon 5 Saturday.
The 90-minute tangle of power chords and screaming guitar solos left the audience ecstatic and somewhat dazed by the time the final cymbal crash faded on “Hicktown,” which closed out the set.
Callers to 100.7 The Wolf after the show were asked to name their favorite moment. “Everything!” one exuberant fan shrieked, stumped when pondering what exactly about the show was fun for her.
Perhaps she had trouble because Aldean provided plenty of moments to choose from. He opened his set with his 2009 hit “Crazy Town,” an aggressive tune driven by propulsive, distorted guitar riffs. It set the tone early as Aldean ripped through rockers “Take A Little Ride,” “Tattoos On This Town” and “When She Says Baby” in rapid succession.
Aldean promised the show would be a mix of everything from his 2005 self-titled debut to plenty of cuts off his latest album, “Night Train,” and he didn’t disappoint. In a six-song span he played at least one song from each of his five albums, culminating with “Night Train,” which this week hit No. 1 on the Billboard country airplay chart.
It was the strongest section of Aldean’s 19-song barrage and covered some of the star’s most appealing hits. “Fly Over States” and “Texas Was You,” two mid-tempo Americana rockers off Aldean’s 2010 megahit “My Kinda Party,” allowed Aldean to use his expressive voice to great effect.
But the real highlight was “Night Train,” which had the crowd singing its rich ear-candy hooks back to Aldean. It translated perfectly live, and just like every other song benefited from Aldean’s choice to have his touring band record his studio albums. They’re a tightknit group that has been together a long time and it shows.
Clarkson joined Aldean for “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” their duet from “My Kinda Party,” and brought the crowd from a simmer back to a boil.
>With rising star Thomas Rhett and veteran Jake Owen, who has four No. 1 singles in the past two years, serving as openers, there was a lot of talent on the Tacoma Dome stage Friday night.
But it is Aldean who remains the benchmark by which the majority of his Nashville colleagues must judge themselves — a megastar with 12 No. 1 singles, signed to a tiny independent label, throwing his kind of party.
August 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM
During one of her four shows in Los Angeles last week, Taylor Swift brought out the hip Canadian duo of sisters Tegan and Sara for an arena-sized version of the twins’ electropop hit “Closer.”
It was a fan-pleasing, veteran move that says all you need to know about Swift’s place in the pop-music landscape. Far from the teenage country tartlet she started out as, Swift, now 23, occupies the upper echelon of superstardom, and her music and image define mainstream appeal. (more…)
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