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.
When the beginning chords of "Because We Can" off the new album began to play, deafening screams and thunderous applause brought a smile to the legendary rocker's face. The folksy cadence to the newer single has a different feel to it but crowds couldn’t get enough ... the classics and new alike.
After two standing ovations, Bon Jovi really eating up the accolades, the band made their final exit off the Chesapeake Energy stage. Fans, finally registering they were not coming out for another ovation, boisterously began filing out of the arena, satisfied and full from a great night of rock and roll. You still got it, Bon Jovi!
Bon Jovi fans were rewarded with rousing renditions of old songs and enthusiastic execution of newer singles.
This rock band has stood the test of time and delivered an Oklahoma-sized punch for rock and roll lovers of all ages. Bon Jovi was “Wanted - Dead or Alive” in OKC last night!