When it comes to live rock concerts, there’s nothing like a Bon Jovi show. The New Jersey natives have amped up the energy on every tour, giving fans a taste of their latest material and a healthy dose of classic hits.
They have a stage presentation that uses the entire arena and never resorts to artifice or flashy gimmicks. There’s no screen, no moving light rig, just the sounds of a full band onstage.
The group has released 15 studio albums, which have sold more than 34 million copies worldwide. It’s a testament to their ability to remain relevant in the music industry, even after they’ve moved past the glam metal scene of the 1980s and into a more mature style of pop rock.
During the band’s heyday, they crafted some of the most memorable and iconic songs in rock history. Their anthems have resonated with both their devoted fan base and newer generations of music lovers.
After a two-year hiatus, the band came back together in 2016 to tour behind their latest album This House Is Not for Sale. They recently started a limited-run Bon Jovi radio channel on SiriusXM, which will provide fans with exclusive live shows, interviews with the band members and insights into their music.
This spring, they’re heading out on their 2022 North American tour to support the release of their 2020 album and a few other new tunes. The shows will focus on songs from that LP, as well as hits from their early career and more recent eras.
They started the show in Omaha with a selection of tracks from that album and others, including “Limitless” and “The Radio Saved My Life Tonight.” From there they went deeper, performing a number of their biggest hits from their heyday and other cuts off of their older albums.
Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates are kicking off the 2022 tour on Friday night in Omaha at CHI Health Center, with an impressive selection of songs from all across their illustrious career. The seasoned veterans ripped through classics like “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Wanted Dead or Alive” with ease.
The show also rounded out with some songs from their latest effort, 2020, which is politically minded and features songs about the Covid-19 pandemic and other issues facing the world today. The group is also releasing a new song each week as part of a special series on SiriusXM.
He did sound good on the country crossover hit “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” but it wasn’t nearly as strong as the voice Jennifer Nettles has in Sugarland’s version of the tune.
It’s been a while since Bon Jovi has played a major tour, and a lot has changed in the band’s lives since then. This is their first concert tour in a year, and judging from the reviews of their last few shows, it’s safe to assume they’re not exactly back to their old selves yet.