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Concert review: Bon Jovi rocks Oklahoma City fans

Bon Jovi rocks Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Stacey Allen, For The Oklahoman Modified: March 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm •  Published: March 17, 2013

It seems aging rockers are the new glam in the music industry and Bon Jovi proved that in their opening number trilling "Shot through the Heart" in Oklahoma City last night.

Gone are the days of of the Aqua-Net hair and open to the navel shirts to be replaced by sleek black silhouettes, glittery special effect light cones that raised and lowered with video imaging set against ink black sets that were alluring and edgy.

The synced light show was dizzying in its ability to create momentum and drama for every number.

Crowds of all ages and genders rocked Chesapeake Energy Arena when the band kicked into gear with singles from their latest “What About Now” album. Easy ballads and pop metal punch showcased Bon Jovi’s mellow voice and cried of a lost indie rocker genre so popular in the 80‘s.

Jon Bon Jovi exuded sophistication and an all out charisma that brought fans to their feet as they screamed and cheered his presence.

Seemingly energized by the fans, the band loosened up as the night wore on, leading the audience in several a cappella sing-a-longs of favorites including “Wanted, Dead or Alive” and “Bed of Roses.”

Richie Sambora flanked Jon in every number switching out with abandon multiple guitars, most of which were custom double handled 8/12 string and bass guitars. Other band members including David Bryan and Tico Torres played with aplomb, their tenure in this industry evident as they jammed single after single.

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