January 3, 2011

Bon Jovi: My First Time, by Eva Rinaldi

Last night, believe it or not, was the very first live rock concert I had ever been to, and I'm told I got to see one of greatest bands of this or any other generation.

My heart was pumping and I felt the beat pulsating through my body.  It was a surreal, even spiritual experience.

Rock Gods Bon Jovi had invaded Sydney's Football Stadium and a massive near sell out crowd of 100,000 were going wild. I was more in shock, rather than wild.

For the uninitiated, the legendary band comprises of namesake 'Jon Bon Jovi' (John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.), guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres as well as current bassist Hugh McDonald.

The band's line-up has remained very stable by rock band standards during their history, with the only exception being the departure of Alec John Such in 1994, who was unofficially replaced by McDonald.

The band became known for writing several rock anthems, and achieved widespread recognition with their third album Slippery When Wet, released in 1986.

My personal favorite songs which I feel blessed to have finally experienced live include (You Want To) Make A Memory, I'll Be There For You and Livin' On A Prayer.

I was curious as to why these aging bad boys still did the world tours, and then I found out...Bon Jovi's interaction with female fans explains a lot. Throughout the evening the charismatic frontman made startling, even intimate like, eye contact with numerous women, who much like myself, lapped up the attention. One starlet even jumped up on stage and planted a wet one smack bang on Bon's lips.

Yes, there was an after party of sorts also, but you will just have to use your imagination. Word is that quite a few of Sydney's most beautiful woman attended on this magical night that Bon Jovi rocked Sydney.

I can't remember too many fine details of the night, which I think might be a sign that it was a very good night, but I can remember Tico's cute little tambourine, which he played like it was part of his anatomy. Maybe he was given one as a child.

Would I do it all over again? Absolutely.

These guys rock, whether you're 18 or 80 (and 18 at heart). Their not getting any younger... no one is, but their music is destined to live on forever, and having attended I now have memories for a lifetime that I'll treasure forever.  If you only see one live concert this year, or next, seriously consider making it Bon Jovi.


Bon Jovi official website