Review: Bon Jovi brings the Tampa Bay Times Forum to life with ageless hits
If Jon Bon Jovi an expert on anything, it's vitality.
The man loves to sing about about livin’ life and lovin’ livin’ and lovin’ lettin’ loose. And that’s okay, because the one thing Bon Jovi does best is inhibit inhibitions, making fans feel safe to live out loud as they scream like the kings of karaoke.
On Friday, before a sold-out crowd of 18,492 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum – and many thousands more around the globe, thanks to a live stream on BonJovi.com – Bon Jovi serenaded the crowd three hours of hair metal hits, thrusting and gyrating and wailing until everyone felt just as vital as him.
When a Bon Jovi concert kicks off with the lyric “SHOT THROUGH THE HEART, AND YOU’RE TO BLAME!” it’s hard not to get amped about the classics. And JBJ, who turns 51 today, thrusted and gyrated through them all, from You Give Love a Bad Name to second-encore smash Livin’ on a Prayer.